Wendy Schiller

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We argue that congressional scholarship would benefit from an aggressive agenda to incorporate legislative effectiveness more fully into theoretical and empirical examinations of Congress. To facilitate this effort, we advance hypotheses from a foundational theory of lawmaking effectiveness that arises from members' innate abilities, cultivated skills, and(More)
BACKGROUND In the Westernised world, numerous children are overweight and have problems with bullying and mental health. One of the underlying causes for all three is postulated to be a decrease in outdoor free play. The aim of the Sydney Playground Project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of two simple interventions aimed to increase children's physical(More)
A raft of new research on the causes and effects of political corruption has emerged in recent years, in tandem with a separate, growing focus on the effects of political institutions on important outcomes such as economic growth, social equality and political stability. Yet we know little about the possible role of different political institutional(More)
BACKGROUND This paper reports the findings of a South Australian qualitative, exploratory study of children and young people living with a chronic disease, and their perceptions and experiences of physical activity. The perceptions and experiences of their parents were also explored. The chronic diseases were type 1 diabetes, asthma and cystic fibrosis. (More)
We introduce delay in simultaneous-move mechanisms. Delay is in-finitesimal in equilibrium, hence the name: imminent implementation. We show that mechanisms with delay implement rules that are not implementable without delay in Nash equilibrium and its refinements. We obtain a version of the monotonicity condition that is necessary and sufficient for(More)
Delegation of decision making authority to agents with different preferences and better information than their principals is ubiquitous in politics, and political representation is no exception. Electoral institutions can crucially shape the agency problems that result from this delegation. A prominent change in American electoral institutions occurred when(More)
Delegation of decision making authority to agents with different preferences and better information than their principals is ubiquitous in politics, and political representation is no exception. A prominent change in a political agency relationship, at least in formal terms, occurred when the 17th Amendment to the Constitution established direct election of(More)
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