Guest Speaker: Laurel Harbridge-Yong
It's easy to think that gridlock in state and federal legislatures is simply about conflicting views. But it is also driven by legislators who want the "whole loaf" and reject compromises that give them "half a loaf". In this talk, Laurel Harbridge-Yong discusses recent research that that examines legislators' rejection of compromise and how their perception that voters (especially primary voters) will punish them if they compromise.
Our Leading Edge lecture series is held at lunchtime or the end of the day on the Evanston campus. The series is free and open to all OLLI members. Registration is required.
Laurel Harbridge-Yong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2009. Her work focuses on how elections, institutions, and policy are connected in the United States Congress. Her 2015 book explored declining bipartisan cooperation in Congress, changes in party strategy and the ramifications of these changes for the responsiveness of members to their constituents and for policy formation. Her current research examines legislative inaction and partisan conflict in Congress and American politics more broadly.