Workingpapers

Agenda Control in the States: Parties, Interest Groups, and Majority Rolls

An extensive literature on partisan gatekeeping argues that majority parties use negative agenda control to prevent bills that divide their parties from coming up for a vote. Despite this, majority party rolls -- bills that pass despite being opposed …

Can Pigou at the polls stop us melting the poles?

Surveys show majority U.S. support for a carbon tax. Yet none has been adopted. Why? We study two failed carbon tax initiatives in Washington State in 2016 and 2018. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we show that Washington's real-world …