My research interests are in U.S. politics and security studies, with a focus on Congress, legislative deliberation, and counterterrorism and civil liberties policies. With Paul Quirk, I am working on several projects that examine the policy responses to the September 11 attacks and the ongoing terrorism threat. We consider whether the U.S. government, especially Congress, uses information and analysis competently to develop surveillance legislation. One of our chief concerns is to understand the ability of policymakers to balance and reconcile the often conflicting values of security and privacy. We are particularly interested in identifying the conditions that encourage policymakers to perform their deliberative tasks better or worse. To explore these issues, we are conducting analyses of the Patriot Act, the FISA Amendments Act, and the surveillance activities authorized under these laws.
||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 and Paul J. Quirk. 2015. “Secrecy and Negligence: How Congress Lost Control of Domestic Surveillance.” Issues in Governance Studies 68, Brookings Institution.|
Defense and Security PRIMARY
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY