Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

The Effects of Congressional Polarization on Government Relations

Location

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 4:40 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 4:55 PM

Department

Political Science and International Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Christian Dean, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Congress is currently characterized by many as being ineffective and unproductive. This characterization is in part because of heightened partisan polarization. This polarization has caused bills to go years without being considered because members of Congress are unwilling to cross the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner. Lobbying plays a large role in the policy process. The importance of lobbying can be seen in the growth of the government relations industry. Given the increase in partisan polarization have government relations firms been forced to change how they operate? This study examines the way government relation firms have adapted to the increase in polarization. What strategies are used by government relations firms to influence policy making in today's polarized environment? Do lobbyists use different strategies as a result of the increase in partisan polarization? An examination of how lobbying has changed because of the increase in polarization will be examined through interviews with government relations professionals to determine whether or not changes in the behavior of members of Congress has altered the way the lobbying industry approaches its job.

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The Effects of Congressional Polarization on Government Relations

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Congress is currently characterized by many as being ineffective and unproductive. This characterization is in part because of heightened partisan polarization. This polarization has caused bills to go years without being considered because members of Congress are unwilling to cross the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner. Lobbying plays a large role in the policy process. The importance of lobbying can be seen in the growth of the government relations industry. Given the increase in partisan polarization have government relations firms been forced to change how they operate? This study examines the way government relation firms have adapted to the increase in polarization. What strategies are used by government relations firms to influence policy making in today's polarized environment? Do lobbyists use different strategies as a result of the increase in partisan polarization? An examination of how lobbying has changed because of the increase in polarization will be examined through interviews with government relations professionals to determine whether or not changes in the behavior of members of Congress has altered the way the lobbying industry approaches its job.