Faculty Profile

Eric M. Patashnik

Professor of Public Policy and Politics

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Patashnik is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He previously held faculty positions at Yale University and UCLA. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Batten School between 2009 and 2012.

Patashnik’s latest book is Living Legislation: Durability, Change and the Politics of American Lawmaking (co-editor with Jeffery A. Jenkins, University of Chicago Press, 2012). He is also the author of Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 Louis Brownlow Book Award given by the National Academy of Public Administration.

His other books are Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (co-editor with Alan S. Gerber, Brookings Institution Press, 2006), and Putting Trust in the US Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Governance, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, Social Service Review, and in many edited volumes. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. His current major research project, with Alan Gerber of Yale University, explores the politics of evidence-based medicine in the United States and is supported by grants from the Smith Richardson and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

Patashnik received both his MPP and PhD (political science) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Selected Recent Publications

Doctor Knows Best: Physician Endorsements, Public Opinion, and the Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Alan S. Gerber, Eric M. Patashnik, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling, "Doctor Knows Best: Physician Endorsements, Public Opinion, and the Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research" Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 39, No. 1, February 2014: 171-209 read more »

Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking

co-editor with Jeffery A. Jenkins, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 read more »

Problem Solving in a Polarized Age: Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Politicization of Evidence-Based Medicine

Patashnik, Eric and Gerber,  Alan S. "The Politicization of Evidence-Based Medicine: The Limits of Pragmatic Problem Solving in an Era of Polarization," California Journal of Politics and Policy: Vol. 3: Issue. 4 (2011). read more »

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Accomplishments

Elected Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Teaching Award

Related News & Events

Panelist, "The Effectiveness of Public Policy Analysis," 20th Annual Wildavsky Forum for Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, April 10, 2014. read more »

Both liberals and conservatives believe they are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the Affordable Care Act. With the HealthCare.gov Web site running more smoothly, liberals are confident that Obamacare will soon be entrenched. Just as Republicans in the 1950s came to accept Social Security to avoid electoral defeats, ACA supporters insist that conservatives are courting political disaster if they continue to oppose the law. Republicans have a different perspective. read more »

President BarackObama’s two signature first-term legislative victories—the Affordable Care Act and theDodd-Frank Act—are the law of the land, but the political battle over their entrenchment continues read more »

As professor Eric Patashnik of the University of Virginia once observed, the real impact of the budget process has been to create a "fiscalization" of policy, whereby "programs are routinely debated not in terms of their substantive merits but rather of their budgetary impact." read more »

"Favoring legislators with small gifts for their districts in order to achieve great things for the nation is an act not of sin but of statesmanship," wrote Professors John Ellwood and Eric Patashnik in their seminal 1993 article, "In Praise of Pork." read more »

One unintended consequence is that a leader like House Speaker John Boehner is, at legislative crunch time, left with fewer tools to persuade members to vote a certain way. “In an era of intense polarization, leaders need every coalition-building tool at their disposal, and the ban on earmarks certainly doesn’t help,” says Eric Patashnik, a public policy professor at the University of Virginia. “Boehner, who pushed for the ban, has acknowledged the ban makes his job harder. Earmarks provide the grease that lubricates deal-making.” Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/brink-article-1.1476877?pgno=2#ixzz2h3wFIOGs read more »

Congratulations to the following Batten faculty and alumni presenting at the annual APPAM Research Conference November 7-9, 2013: Jennifer Doleac: The Visible Hand: Race and Online Market Outcomes, Saturday, November 9, 2013 : 3:50 PM read more »

The Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty members across the University who have selflessly endeavored to instill in their students the virtues of scholarship and love of learning. This year’s recipients are: read more »

Eric Patashnik's book, Reforms at Risk, documents the rise and fall of Freedom to Farm read more »

Eric Patashnik finds that while many Americans mistrust government, and are generally suspicious of health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry, they overwhelmingly trust physicians read more »

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