Barry Pump

Office of the Historian
U.S. House of Representatives

B-53, Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC
USA
20515
barry.pump@mail.house.gov

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My research agenda offers an inter-institutional information and political processing approach to understanding macroeconomic policymaking. It focuses on different institutional incentives for understanding economic data and signals from the wider political environment, the role of subsystems in conditioning the information environment and the agenda, and the partisan gamesmanship that also conditions policy responses to economic downturns. The research agenda presents a framework for understanding how information processing by partisan actors across institutional venues can influence the economic policymaking process.

Citation:
Pump, Barry. 2012. "A New Normal? American Economic Policymaking After The Great Recession." Policy Studies Journal: 2012 Public Policy Yearbook 40 (S1).
Abstract: This essay reviews recent literature on American economic policymaking. It first asks, what light can contemporary research on economic policymaking shed on current circumstances? And secondly, where do policy process researchers go from here? This paper explores the extant literature under three broad themes. The first will deal with the extensive research into income inequality. The second will discuss the electoral implications of economic conditions. The third will analyze the institutional responses to economic developments. The final section will offer suggestions for future scholarship.
URL: http://www.psjyearbook.com/content/article12
Citation:
Pump, Barry. 2011. "Beyond Metaphors: New Research on Agendas in the Policy Process." Policy Studies Journal: 2011 Public Policy Yearbook 39 (S1).
Citation:
Pump, Barry, and John D. Wilkerson. 2011. "The Ties that Bind: Coalitions in Congress." In The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress. Oxford University Press.

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY

Keywords

ECONOMIC POLICY PUBLIC POLICY PROCESSES CONGRESS INFORMATION PROCESSING PRESIDENCY BUREAUCRACY HOMELAND SECURITY