New paper – Public opinion and policy responsiveness: the case of same-sex marriage in Australia

Research undertaken with my colleagues Andrea Carson and Yannick Dufresne has been accepted by the Australian Journal of Political Science, and will be published in a future issue sometime soon (you can read it here)*, we examined whether Australian federal legislators’ policy positions are congruent with public opinion. This paper examines the congruence between the …

Why legislative gridlock may be better than, well… actually legislating

A post I started several months ago and never finished. Apologies for the late posting, but it's still probably worth while. There's an interesting post at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, by Stanford University's Morris Fiorina. The article makes the argument it may be better if it is difficult for government and legislators to implement their agenda. I think it's a …