Our American Discourse, Ep. 34: The Eternal Struggle for Power on Capitol Hill

Power is up for grabs in Washington. A controversial President, an unpopular Congress, and a midterm election all make 2018 a battleground for political control. Who will win? How will they do it? And what role do you play? This is story of the most consequential game ever played, and it’s told by one of the leading Congressional experts of our time.

In this episode, Jeffrey A. Jenkins teaches us the strategy of legislative power: who has it, how they get it, what they do with it, and why we should care.

Prof. Jenkins is a Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, & Law and the Judith & John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California. He serves as the Director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, the Director of the Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative at the USC Price School of Public Policy, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Politics.

To listen to this episode of Our American Discourse, click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcasts, Soundcloud, Google Play, or Stitcher.


“Our American Discourse” is produced by Aubrey HicksJonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey and Ryan Hedden.