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Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang (MPP '09) an assistant professor at the Law School and Batten School and an expert on the U.S. Constitution, spoke at this week's "Batten Hour" about the implications of citizen-driven initiatives in response to unpopular rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Capitol Hill

Despite perceptions that Congress is dominated by partisan interests, a new study from the Center for Effective Lawmaking -- co-directed by Batten professor Craig Volden -- finds that legislators who draw in cosponsors from both sides of the aisle are more effective. 

Karsh Voting Event

In this conversation, hosted in partnership with the Karsh Institute of Democracy, E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport discuss their new book “100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting.”

Craig Volden Showcase

In this lecture, professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, Craig Volden, shares data-driven insights on how to Build a Better Congress.

Craig Volden, Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking and professor at the Batten School, will join state lawmakers identified by independent observers as exceptional political leaders and leaders of nonprofits dedicated to supporting better political leadership in the U.S. to reflect on the issues at stake for our democracy.

Join Batten School assistant professor and Delegate Sally Hudson (D) and former Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman as they sit down for a live One Small Step conversation.

Jen Lawless Politics Class

Mary Kate Cary and Jennifer Lawless taught a class from both sides of the political spectrum with success.

Ukrainian Parliament

Batten School Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, Craig Volden, met with a delegation from the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in early September to discuss lawmaking effectiveness.

Voter Turnout

Young Americans say they are interested in politics, but few of them vote. Writing for The Conversation, Batten School professor John Holbein offers some ideas on how to encourage them. 

Photo of Capitol

Substantial evidence exists that members of the US Congress vary in their lawmaking effectiveness. Less known, however, is whether constituents are sufficiently informed and inclined to hold their representatives accountable, based on their effectiveness.