Eric M. Patashnik
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Patashnik’s research examines the politics of American national policymaking, focusing on health policy, regulatory policy, the welfare state, and Congress. Much of his work has explored post-enactment politics - what happens after a bill becomes a law. His work also investigates American national government’s performance as a problem-solving institution. Patashnik has been a research fellow at Brookings and a legislative analyst for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Elections. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and on an American Academy of Arts & Sciences task force on durability and flexibility in energy policy. Effective July 2016, Patashnik will serve as editor of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
Evaluates Congress’s ability to perform eight key policy analysis tasks. Comments on how secular trends including partisan polarization, the widening of the policy agenda, and the growing complexity of government have interacted with Congress’s policy analytic strengths and weaknesses to affect institutional performance.