Tracing the Flow of Policy Ideas in Legislatures: A Text Reuse Approach

January 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Tracing the Flow of Policy Ideas in Legislatures: A Text Reuse Approach
Dr. John Wilkerson Professor & Director, Center from American Politics and Public Policy Department of Political Science, University of Washington
Venue: 
306 Meserve Hall, Northeastern University
Location: 
Boston, MA

In the US Congress, only a very small proportion of bills become law. The surviving bills may serve as vehicles for policy ideas originating in other bills, but there is currently no reliable way to learn when this occurs. Using the legislative history of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as our test bed, we investigate text reuse methods as a means for tracing the progress of policy ideas in legislation. We then investigate the inclusiveness of the policy development process by examining whose policy ideas were incorporated into the final version of the PPACA.

For Dr. Wilkerson's CV, as well as other information, please consult:  http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Directory/Faculty/Faculty/faculty_wilk...

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