Eric Svensen

Doctoral Candidate - Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin

Bio

I am a lecturer of American politics in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, where I recently completed my dissertation, Reconceptualizing Divided Government, in the spring of 2014. My interests include Congress, the presidency, separation of powers, political parties, economics and politics, American political development, the American Founding, public policy, and conceptualization and measurement. I am particularly interested in understanding the sources of government inaction and why the public is increasingly dissatisfied with government's inability to solve many core problems affecting the country and why many Americans seem dissatisfied with the policies government does manage to enact. Where most scholars attribute this growing pathology to both partisan and institutional gridlock, my focus is on attempting to explain how extra constitutional and exogenous economic forces also shape the effectiveness of government output. While the solution to the current problems facing the country are certainly political, it is my position that the parties are incapable of realizing meaningful policy change since they rarely attempt to address these 'other' forces.    

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