William Bendix

Keene State College
Assistant Professor, Political Science

My teaching and research interests are in U.S. politics and security studies, with a focus on Congress, legislative procedures, and homeland security and civil liberties policies. Currently I am working on several papers that examine one-party control of legislative deliberations in the House and Senate. I am particularly interested in the question: Does increasing partisanship lead to the development of increasingly problematic or defective bills? In other words, does the quality of legislation suffer when the majority party excludes minority members from bill drafting? I am also working with Paul Quirk on several projects that examine the policy responses to the September 11 attacks and the ongoing terrorism threat. We ask: Does the U.S. government, especially Congress, use information and analysis competently to develop counterterrorism legislation? Does it obtain and take into account the important evidence and reasoning relevant to policy decisions? Under what circumstances do policymakers perform their deliberative tasks better or worse? To answer these questions, we are conducting analyses of the Patriot Act and the surveillance activities authorized under this law