This week on the podcast we have a true political science legend. David R. Mayhew
is the author of such political science greats as Congress: The Electoral Connection, Divided We Govern,
and Partisan Balance
. He is the Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Yale University.
In his recent book, Mayhew examines the job America's most routinely disparaged branch of government has actually done? The Imprint of Congress
(Yale University Press, 2017) gives a deep historical analysis of the U.S. Congress's performance since the late eighteenth century. He tracks major policy challenges addressed by Congress. In the end, Mayhew argues that Congress has actually accomplished a lot and, in doing so, balanced the presidency in a surprising variety of ways. In the podcast, Mayhew also discusses our current debate on polarization and the early Trump administration.