In the latest contribution to the Democracy Papers, Sarah E. Anderson, Daniel Butler, and Laurel Harbridge-Yong discuss the importance of closed-door negotiations for successful legislative compromise. Using experimental data collected from state legislators, the authors demonstrate that lawmakers expect private negotiations to result in successful compromises more often than public negotiations. These results are part of a project funded through the Anxieties of Democracy “Negotiating Agreement in Congress” grants program.
Sarah Anderson is an associate professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She studies how the public and politics influences policy with work published in such journals as Legislative Studies Quarterly and Public Administration Review. Before receiving her PhD in political science from Stanford University, she worked as legislative assistant for a US member of Congress. Anderson also collaborated with Daniel Butler and Laurel Harbridge-Yong in his Negotiating Agreement in Congress (NAC) research grant project "Beyond Ideological Disagreement: Obstacles to Compromise."