112th U.S. Congress

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Dr. Neil Malhotra

Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Pennsylvania



Dr. Malhotra’s research interests include public opinion/political behavior, legislative institutions and survey research methods. 

• His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has received awards from the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association and American Association for Public Opinion Research, Pacific Chapter.



"I definitely think the 112th Congress will have more gridlock than the 111th Congress.  It was very hard to pass legislation in the 111th Congress, even when the Democrats had huge majorities.  It has less to do with who is in control than what the distribution of preferences are in the House and the Senate.  We saw some major pieces of legislation but didn’t really see a flood of legislation passed between 2008 and 2010,  For example the climate change bill was unable to be passed, and I doubt we’ll see much progress in the next two years. "

(Hear more from Dr. Malhotra in an SAS Frontiers magazine audio interview at www.sas.upenn.edu/home/SASFrontiers/compromise-or-gridlock.html.)