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Jansa's research focuses on interest groups, lobbying, and campaign finance, state legislatures, policy diffusion, economic development policy, and the politics of economic inequality. Overaching themes in Jansa's writings include access, influence, representation, political and economic inequality, and the content/efficacy/diffusion of public policies. Jansa serves as lead researcher on several research projects related to these themes, and joined SSN in order to bridge research and policy.
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Finds labor unions punish allies in Congress who vote for free trade agreements, but this tactic backfires by making members of Congress less likely to support labor in the future.
Finds state legislatures that have few staff resources are more likely to copy and paste bill text from other sources. Finds this is problematic for the ability of the legislature to customize policy language to address the problems in their state.
Finds states increased their economic development incentive (i.e. benefits in tax code for businesses) spending in response to the Great Recession, but most of the spending benefited Fortune 500 businesses. Finds states where businesses spent more on lobbying also tended to spend more on economic development.
Presents the basics of economic development policy in the American states, specifically that the policy process in the states is dominated by wealthy businesses and, as a result, spending is skewed toward the wealthiest companies in the world.