UAlbany Center for Policy Research Seminar
"Blue Slips Sink Ships: The Transformation
of Senatorial Courtesy"
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
What: A seminar on
the "blue slip," an institutionalized
practice of the Senate Judiciary Committee to
show deference to home state senators in judicial
Given the impact of the blue slip on the nomination
and confirmation of the president's judicial appointees,
the seminar examines: why and when was the blue
slip created? What led senators to extend procedural
rights to all senators, regardless of party, when
a norm of senatorial courtesy protected only the
influence of senators from the president's party?
What lessons can we draw from the creation of
the blue slip about the dynamics that lead legislators
to institutionalize informal chamber norms? Why
and when do legislators decide that informal norms
are insufficient to protect their procedural rights?
Who: Sarah Binder
Associate Professor of Political Science, George
Washington University, and Brookings Institution
When: Friday, March
19, 3 -- 4 p.m.
Where: Milne 200, Milne
Hall, University at Albany downtown campus,
135 Western Avenue, Albany
How: Attendance is
free, no reservations necessary.