Fall 2003

For the Record


Barbara Sinclair Delivers 2003 Rothbaum Lecture


Partisanship, Institutional Transformation, and PR Politics: 

The Shaping of the Congressional Policy-Making Process


First Lecture

"From Sam Rayburn to Newt Gingrich: Partisan Polarization and Institutional Transformation in Congress"


Second Lecture

"Partisan Polarization and Unorthodox Lawmaking: Process and Policy Consequences"


Third Lecture

"Filibuster Strategies, Veto Threats, and PR Wars: The President, Congress, and Policy Making"


Professor Barbara Sinclair, the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles, delivered the eleventh Rothbaum Lecture on October 28, 29, and 30 at the University of Oklahoma. The biennial lecture series, sponsored by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, is always free and open to the public.

      Professor Sinclair teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on the U.S. Congress at UCLA.  Her primary area of research is legislatures, especially the U.S. Congress, focusing on institutional and policy change.

           Transformation of the U.S. Senate (Johns Hopkins University Press 1989) won for her the Richard F. Fenno Prize of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association for the best book on legislative studies that was published that year. The book also garnered the D.B. Hardeman Prize given by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas, Austin.

           Professor Sinclair is also the author of Legislators, Leaders and Lawmaking (Johns Hopkins University Press 1995) and Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U. S. Congress (CQ Press 1997, 2nd edition 2000). She has written dozens of articles for professional journals and has contributed book chapters to more than 40 edited books.

           The three lectures she presented in the 2003 Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government will be further developed by Professor Sinclair for publication as a book with University of Oklahoma Press.  


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