Events & Media

Sept. 30, 2011

Bren Assistant Professor Sarah Anderson's Research Cited in Washington Post Blog Entry.

An article by Anderson and University of Pittsburgh researcher Jonathan Woon, presented in 2009 at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association was cited in an article in the Post's WONKBLOG on Sept. 30.

In the referenced paper, the authors showed that, while federal budgets have rarely been passed on time, the amound of time required to work through the budget-legislation process has increased in recent times.

The abstract of the paper reads as follows:

How do the dynamics of executive-legislative bargaining affect policy outcomes? This project examines the relationship between the duration of the appropriations process and budgetary outcomes in order to assess the relative importance of congressional actors and the sources of tension between them. We analyze whether longer delays at various stages of the process result in greater concessions to the president or to greater volatility in outcomes. We find that delay is associated with greater concessions to the president, but not with volatility, suggesting that the uncertainty in bargaining is uncertainty regarding the president’s position. We also find that the House concedes more to presidents who prefer less spending and that the Senate is more responsive to presidential needs during presidential election years.