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Eric Patashnik

The Larger Forces Behind the January 6, 2021 Insurrection

January 7, 2021

In January 2021, Eric M. Patashnik and Wendy J. Schiller provided commentary on the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol. Their insights draws from points made in their recently published edited volume, "Dynamics of American Democracy," (University of Kansas Press).


Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government Performance

November 16, 2020

In December 2020, Eric M. Patashnik and Wendy J. Schiller published, "Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government Performance." This edited volume brings together leading scholars and practitioners to examine the challenges plaguing contemporary American politics, including ideological polarization, partisan sorting, and legislative stalemate. 


Comparatively Ineffective? PCORI and the Uphill Battle to Make Evidence Count in US Medicine

September 14, 2020

In September 2020, Eric Patashnik wrote, "Comparitively Ineffective? PCORI and the Uphill Battle to Make Evidence Count in US Medicine," a piece analyzing the trials and tribulations of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Institute was created to promote research on the comparative effectiveness of treatment options, and has struggled to have an impact on the decisions of physicians and payers. 


Policy Analysis and Political Sustainability

May 13, 2020

In May 2020, Eric Patashnik co-wrote "Policy Analysis and Political Sustainability" with R. Kent Weaver. This piece focuses on a “checklist” of potential sources, risk factors, and warning signs for potential challenges to political sustainability and applies this analysis to the case of the Affordable Care Act.


The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic

April 1, 2020

In April 2020, Susan Moffitt co-edited, "The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic" with Eric Patashnik, as well as co-authoring an article in the volume with Paul Testa and Marie Schenk. The piece focuses on American policy and practice in response to the epidemic and explores the question, "Where do we go from here?"


Eric Patashnik

The Clean Air Act's Use of Market Mechanisms

May 14, 2019

In a chapter of the recently published Lessons from the Clean Air Act, Professor Eric Patashnik, Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program, examines market-based policies in the Clean Air Act.


Are Republicans losing the health care debate? (comments by Eric Patashnik)

October 26, 2018 FiveThirtyEight

This weekly "polling roundup" quoted public policy professor Eric Patashnik, who said that “it is already clear that Republicans have made it even harder for their party to govern if they manage to retain control of both chambers and take another stab at dismantling Obamacare.”


The Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races (comments by Eric Patashnik)

July 9, 2018 The Washington Post

Progressive political candidates motivated by Bernie Sanders' insurgent run against Hillary Clinton in 2016 are advocating for Medicare for all as part of their platforms. Professor Eric Patashnik said that the political viability of the idea will ultimately depend on its details -- such as whether the program would eliminate the private-insurance system altogether.


Unhealthy Politics: The Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine

June 13, 2018

Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine, co-written by Public Policy program director Eric Patashnik, describes the U.S. medical system, the most advanced in the world, and its insufficient evaluation process of treatments that often become widespread.