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William Bendix

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Associate Professor
Political Science
Rhodes Hall S266 • M/S 3400

My teaching and research interests are in U.S. politics and security studies, with a focus on Congress, legislative parties, and surveillance policy. Currently I am working on several projects that examine how, in an era of partisan polarization, the parties conduct policy deliberations and shape legislative procedures in Congress. 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

Associate Professor, Keene State College (2017-present); Assistant Professor, Keene State College (2012-2017); Lecturer, University of British Columbia (2009-2011)

Selected Professional Work 

William Bendix and Jon MacKay. "Partisan Infighting among House Republicans: Leaders, Factions, and Networks of Interests." Legislative Studies Quarterly 42(4): 549-577.

William Bendix. 2016. "Bypassing Congressional Committees: Parties, Panel Rosters, and Deliberative Processes." Legislative Studies Quarterly 41(3): 687-714.

William Bendix and Paul J. Quirk. 2016. "Deliberating Surveillance Policy: Congress, the FBI, and the Abuse of National Security Letters." Journal of Policy History 28(3): 447-469.

William Bendix. 2016. "Neglect, Inattention, and Legislative Deficiencies: The Consequences of One-Party Deliberations in the U.S. House." Congress & the Presidency 43(1): 82-102.

William Bendix and Paul J. Quirk. 2015. "Secrecy and Negligence: How Congress Lost Control of Domestic Surveillance." Issues in Governance Studies 68 (March), Brookings Institution.

William Bendix and Paul J. Quirk. 2013. "Institutional Failure in Surveillance Policymaking: Deliberating the Patriot Act." Issues in Governance Studies 60 (July), Brookings Institution.


August 7, 2017 –

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May 22, 2017 –

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