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Craig Volden is 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 Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Public 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman (2014). Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers. Cambridge University Press. read more »
Brady, David W., and Craig Volden. 2006. Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Boulder: Westview Press.
The Five Habits of Highly Effective Legislators read more »
Effective Lawmakers Re-elected to the 114th Congress 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 »
Volden and his team looked at every bill introduced in the House between 1973 and 2008. Bills introduced by women in the minority party generally went farther than bills offered by men. "Minority women are about one-third more effective — so about 33 percent more effective than men," Volden says. read more »
"While I am honored to [receive] a teaching award, the award that I hold most dear is the opportunity to continue teaching such terrific students on a daily basis.” read more »
The authors of a study published in the American Journal of Political Science, “When Are Women More Effective Lawmakers Than Men?” found that “while men may choose to obstruct and delay, women continue to strive to build coalitions and bring about new policies.” read more »
“Public policies are the outcomes of political processes. Without understanding politics, students tend to focus on what policies should be, and remain frustrated and confused by why their preferred policies are not adopted. With the understanding of politics that Batten provides, however, students gain not only a better perspective on why policies are what they are, but also a better sense of what policy changes can be achieved through political processes.”
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