Dissertation Information for Bruce A. Bimber
MPACT Status: Incomplete - Not_Inspected
Title: Institutions and information: The politics of expertise in Congress
Abstract: "This study examines the circumstances under which expert information about policy problems is useful to members of Congress, demonstrating links between uncertainty, information, the demands of electoral coalitions, and institutional structure in Congress. Members' interaction with the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a congressional support agency offering expert advice across the policy spectrum, provides a window into these issues. Members use information from OTA chiefly in two ways, labelled ""informatively"" and ""persuasively."" These types of uses are correlated with stages in the legislative process, and are interpreted through a conceptual model derived from information theory.
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