Faculty Profile

Craig Volden

Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Craig Volden is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, with a focus on what policy choices arise from legislative-executive relations and from American federalism. 

Before joining the Batten School, Professor Volden taught at the Ohio State University, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers, co-authored with Alan Wiseman, explores the effectiveness of individual members of Congress in overcoming policy gridlock. His most prominent work on issues of federalism focuses on why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not. He has published numerous articles in such journals as: American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics; Legislative Studies QuarterlyPublic Administration Review; Journal of Public Policy; and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities, an examination of business-government relations regarding product quality regulations, and an analysis of the legislative effectiveness of individual members of Congress.

Selected Recent Publications

Top-Down Federalism: State Policy Responses to National Government Discussions

Pamela Clouser McCann, Charles R. Shipan, and Craig Volden. “Top-Down Federalism: State Policy Responses to National Government Discussions,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (forthcoming). read more »

Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession

Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman. “Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession," Advances in Strategic Management (forthcoming). read more »

Ideology, Learning, and Policy Diffusion: Experimental Evidence

Craig Volden, Daniel M. Butler, Adam Dynes, and Boris Shor. "Ideology, Learning, and Policy Diffusion: Experimental Evidence," American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming). read more »

Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers

Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman (2014). Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers. Cambridge University Press.  read more »

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Accomplishments

Brady, David W., and Craig Volden. 2006. Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Boulder: Westview Press.

Related News & Events

Volden and Wiseman’s Book Wins the APSA Kammerer Award read more »

Updating the Outdated: Craig Volden Seeks to Fix Research Model Errors read more »

Professor Craig Volden speaks at U.Va. reunions. read more »

The Five Habits of Highly Effective Legislators read more »

Effective Lawmakers Re-elected to the 114th Congress read more »

The Legislative Effectiveness Project read more »

Leadership is unquestionably important in the political and policy world, but defining what “leadership” is and determining how it is important systematically is often difficult. In this conference, we explore the issue of leadership and how it relates to specific parts of the U.S. government, both contemporarily and across time. read more »

“Americans feel like there’s a gap between leadership and policy challenges facing politicians in Washington,” Volden said. “There’s an array of academic literature about what goes on in politics, but scholars haven’t always been explicit about leadership in their studies. So for this conference, we asked scholars to talk about the political institutions they know best, but also to gear their work toward a better understanding of leadership within those institutions.” read more »

RAYMOND C. SCHEPPACH, professor of the practice of public policy at the U.Va. Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and former executive director of the National Governors Association, will be joined by BILL LEIGHTY, former chief-of-staff to Governor Mark Warner, for a broad ranging discussion of gubernatorial leadership. read more »

"Based on scoring all lawmaking activities in the House of Representatives, women in the minority party are one third more effective than men in the minority party," said Craig Volden, a public policy and politics professor at the University of Virginia who, along with his team, examined the sponsorship of bills from 1973 to 2008. read more »

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