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William Bendix

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Assistant Professor
Political Science
Rhodes Hall S266 • M-3400

My teaching and research interests are in U.S. politics and security studies, with a focus on Congress, legislative procedures, and homeland security and civil liberties policies. Currently I am working on several papers that examine one-party control of legislative deliberations in the House and Senate. I am particularly interested in the question: Does increasing partisanship lead to the development of increasingly problematic or defective bills? In other words, does the quality of legislation suffer when the majority party excludes minority members from bill drafting? I am also working with Paul Quirk on several projects that examine the policy responses to the September 11 attacks and the ongoing terrorism threat. We ask: Does the U.S. government, especially Congress, use information and analysis competently to develop counterterrorism legislation? Does it obtain and take into account the important evidence and reasoning relevant to policy decisions? Under what circumstances do policymakers perform their deliberative tasks better or worse? To answer these questions, we are conducting analyses of the Patriot Act and the surveillance activities authorized under this law. 

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D., Political Science, University of British Columbia

Joint MA, English Rhetoric and Political Science, University of Waterloo

BA, English Literature and Political Science, University of Waterloo

Professional Background

Assistant Professor, Keene State College (2012-present); Lecturer, University of British Columbia (2009-2011)

Selected Professional Work 

"Bypassing Congressional Committees: Parties, Panel Rosters, and Deliberative Processes," Legislative Studies Quarterly (Accepted).

"Neglect, Inattention, and Legislative Deficiencies: The Consequences of One-Party Deliberations in the U.S. House," Congress & the Presidency (Accepted).

"Secrecy and Negligence: How Congress Lost Control of Domestic Surveillance" (with Paul Quirk), Issues in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution (2015)

"Institutional Failure in Surveillance Policymaking: Deliberating the Patriot Act" (with Paul Quirk), Issues in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution (2013)

"Deliberation in Congress" (with Paul Quirk), Oxford Handbook of the American Congress (2011)