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  • Politics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • The U.S. Congress
  • Parties in Congress
  • Leadership in Congress
  • Congressional Elections
  • American Political Parties
  • Washington D.C. Politics
  • Washington D.C. History
  • Languages

  • Spanish, Swedish
  • Previous Experience

    Green worked as a congressional aide from 1995 to 1998

    In the Media


    • Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership

      Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership

      Yale Press. A study of how and why speakers since the 1940s have exercised legislative influence in Congress

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    • Goal Salience and the 2006 Race for House Majority Leader

      A study of the reasons why lawmakers chose to support a candidate running for Democratic majority leader in 2006; also an explanation for why Nancy Pelosi chose to support John Murtha�s candidacy despite his poor chances of winning.

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    • Washington 101

      Washington 101

      Washington, DC is much more than a city of politicians, cherry blossoms, and national landmarks. Washington 101 offers a comprehensive academic introduction to the richness and diversity of the nation's capital. Each of the book's ten chapters explores key features of Washington from both past and present perspectives that make it unique as a symbolic city, a political city, and as a living city. Topics covered in the book include Washington's urban design and architecture, its memorials and museums, local and national politics, the regional economy, and the neighborhoods and people of the city and surrounding suburbs. This book draws upon a variety of intellectual approaches and a wealth of academic research to explain Washington in a manner that is clear, accessible, and engaging.

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    • Underdog Politics

      Underdog Politics

      In the first comprehensive study of the subject in decades, Green disputes the conventional belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is an unimportant political player. Published by Yale University Press

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    • Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdisciplinary Study of Declining Trust and How to Get it Back

      Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdisciplinary Study of Declining Trust and How to Get it Back

      Trust is a concept familiar to most. Whether we are cognizant of it or not, we experience it on a daily basis. Yet trust is quickly eroding in civic and political life. Americans’ trust in their government has reached all-time lows. The political and social consequences of this decline in trust are profound. What are the foundations of trust? What explains its apparent decline in society? Is there a way forward for rebuilding trust in our leaders and institutions? How should we study the role of trust across a diverse range of policy issues and problems?

      Given its complexity, trust as an object of study cannot be claimed by any single discipline. Rather than vouch for an overarching theory of trust, Living in an Age of Mistrust synthesizes existing perspectives across multiple disciplines to offer a truly comprehensive examination of this concept and a topic of research. Using an analytical framework that encompasses rational and cultural (or sociological) dimensions of trust, the contributions found therein provide a wide range of policy issues both domestic and international to explore the apparent decline in trust, its impact on social and political life, and efforts to rebuild trust.

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    • Choosing the Leader - Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives

      Choosing the Leader - Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives

      The first comprehensive study in more than forty years to explain congressional leadership selection
      How are congressional party leaders chosen? In the first comprehensive study since Robert Peabody’s classic Leadership in Congress, political scientists Matthew Green and Douglas Harris draw on newly collected data about U.S. House members who have sought leadership positions from the 1960s to the present—data including whip tallies, public and private vote commitments, interviews, and media accounts—to provide new insights into how the selection process truly works.
      Elections for congressional party leaders are conventionally seen as a function of either legislators’ ideological preferences or factors too idiosyncratic to permit systematic analysis. Analyzing six decades’ worth of information, Harris and Green find evidence for a new comprehensive model of vote choice in House leadership elections that incorporates both legislators’ goals and their connections with leadership candidates. This study will stand for years to come as the definitive treatment of a crucial aspect of American politics.

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    • Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

      Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

      Assertive bargaining occurs from time to time in the US Congress. It became an important feature of legislative negotiations within the House Republican Party when, following the 2014 elections, a group of organized conservatives called the House Freedom Caucus regularly issued threats against its own party's leadership. Such behavior by an ideologically extreme bloc of lawmakers is not accounted for by existing theories of legislative politics. This Element posits explanations for why such threat-making might occur and what might increase its likelihood of success, then tests those explanations using the Freedom Caucus as a case study.

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