Wiseman’s research agenda addresses the impact of political institutions on political actors’ behavior and strategies, focusing substantively on legislative, electoral, and bureaucratic and regulatory politics in the United States. One specific area of research includes the study of the characteristics of effective policymakers: who are the most effective members of Congress, why, and with what effects? Wiseman also studies the politics and economics of alcohol regulation and interstate commerce: what are the likely consequences of changing existing regulatory regimes for alcohol sales and distribution, and what standards might the courts employ in evaluating the likely effects of proposed changes?
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Takes advantage of changes in Virginia’s laws for the interstate direct shipment of wine between 2002-2003 to assess the contemporary economic effects of the commerce clause. Our analysis demonstrates that, consistent with the intention of the founding fathers, the commerce clause ensures that states do no erect barriers to interstate commerce which would raise the costs of commercial activity.