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Ban, Pamela, Ju Yeon Park, and Hye Young You.  Hearings on the Hill: The Politics of Informing Congress.  Manuscript in production, Cambridge University Press.  Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions series.

Publisher's summary: Good public policy in a democracy relies on efficient and accurate information flows between individuals with firsthand, substantive expertise and elected legislators. While legislators are tasked with the job of making and passing policy, they are politicians and not substantive experts. To make well-informed policy, they must rely on the expertise of others. Hearings on the Hill argues that partisanship and close competition for control of government shape the information that legislators collect, providing opportunities for party leaders and interest groups to control information flows and influence policy. It reveals how legislators strategically use committees and their hearings, a central institution of Congress, for information acquisition and dissemination, ultimately impacting policy development in American democracy. Marshalling extensive new data on hearings and witnesses from 1960 to 2018, this book offers the first comprehensive analysis of how partisan incentives determine how and from whom members of Congress seek information.

Ban, Pamela.  Checks and Imbalances: When Congress Succeeds and Fails at Controlling the Bureaucracy.  Manuscript in progress.


Ban, Pamela. 2024. "Information and Party Influence in the U.S. Congress."  Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy 4(4): 497-521. [pre-print]

Ban, Pamela, Ju Yeon Park, and Hye Young You.  2023.  "How Are Politicians Informed? Witnesses and Information Provision in Congress."  American Political Science Review 117(1): 122-139. [pre-print]

Ban, Pamela, Justin Grimmer, Jaclyn Kaslovsky, and Emily West.  2022. "How Does the Rising Number of Women in the U.S. Congress Change Deliberation? Evidence from House Committee Hearings."  Quarterly Journal of Political Science 17(3): 355-387. [pre-print

Ban, Pamela, Maxwell Palmer and Benjamin Schneer.  2019.  "From the Halls of Congress to K Street: Government Experience and its Value for Lobbying." Legislative Studies Quarterly 44(4): 714-752. [pre-print]

Ban, Pamela and Hye Young You.  2019.  "Presence and Influence in Lobbying: Evidence from Dodd-Frank."  Business and Politics 21(2): 267-295. [pre-print]

Ban, Pamela, Alexander Fouirnaies, Andrew B. Hall, and James M. Snyder, Jr.  2019.  "How Newspapers Reveal Political Power."  Political Science Research and Methods 7(4): 661-678. [pre-print]

Ban, Pamela, Elena Llaudet, and James M. Snyder, Jr.  2016.  "Challenger Quality and the Incumbency Advantage."  Legislative Studies Quarterly 41(1): 153-179.

Selected Working Papers

Ban, Pamela and Jaclyn Kaslovsky.  "Local Orientation in the U.S. House of Representatives."  Revised and Resubmitted, American Journal of Political Science.

Ban, Pamela and Seth J. Hill.  "Efficacy of Congressional Oversight.Revised and Resubmitted, American Political Science Review.

Ban, Pamela, Ju Yeon Park, and Hye Young You.  "Bureaucrats in Congress: The Politics of Interbranch Information Sharing."

Ban, Pamela and Jennifer Gaudette.  "Interest Groups and Information Provision in Judicial Politics: Evidence from Amicus Briefs."

Ban, Pamela, Ju Yeon Park, and Hye Young You.  "Diversity and Representation in Information Provision to Congress."

Ban, Pamela, Daniel Moskowitz, and James M. Snyder, Jr.  "Leadership Power in Congress: Evidence from PAC Contributions and Newspaper Coverage." [dormant]

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