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London School of Economics
Deliberations, monetary policy, select committees, accountability, political economy
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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey is Professor in Political Science in the Government Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she teaches courses in the politics of economic policy and legislative politics.

Her research interests are in political economy and quantitative textual analysis. By measuring the words, arguments and deliberation of politicians and policy makers, she aims to gauge the extent to which ideas, interests and institutions shape political behavior.

She is author and editor of several books on trade policy and monetary policy. Her most recent book, Deliberating Monetary Policy, seeks to examine the role and influence of deliberation in US monetary policy in two institutional settings—the decision making body itself (the Federal Open Market Committee) and the congressional oversight committees (House and Senate). In her earlier book ( From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Historical Perspective) she uses a variety of methodological tools to gauge both qualitative and quantitative data from the nineteenth century to resolve the long-standing puzzle of Britain’s policy shift to free trade. She has published many articles on nineteenth century trade policy, as well as on more contemporary topics, like political rhetoric on US national security by George Bush and John Kerry, civil religion in presidential rhetoric, and US Senate debates on partial-birth abortion. These appear in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Parliamentary History. She is also interested in the role that gender plays in professional careers—and on that topic, she has been collaborating with physicians from Harvard Medical School (with an initial article on this in the journal, Medical Education).

Recent Publications

Books, Handbooks:
(with David Bholat, Stephen Hansen, and Pedro Santos), Text Mining for Central Banks, Handbook – No. 33 (London: Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England, 2015)

Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013)

From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas and Institutions in Historical Perspective (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006)

(with Nora Y. Osman, Jessica L. Walling, Joel T. Katz and Erik K. Alexander) “Textual Analysis of Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statements: Themes and Gender Differences,” Medical Education 49, 1 (2015), 93–102 [First published online: 29 DEC 2014, DOI: 10.1111/medu.12487]

(with Edward Yager and Saadi Lahlou) “Yes, Ronald Reagan’s Rhetoric was Unique—But Statistically, How Unique?” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 42, 3 (September 2012), 482-513

(with Andrew Bailey) “Does Deliberation Matter in FOMC Monetary Policymaking? The Volcker Revolution of 1979,” Political Analysis, 16, 4 (October 2008), 404-427

“The Congressional Debate On Partial-Birth Abortion: Constitutional Gravitas And Moral Passion,” British Journal of Political Science 38 (July 2008), 383-410

“Measuring Ideas More Effectively: An Analysis of Bush and Kerry’s National Security Speeches,” PS: Political Science and Politics, XXXVIII, 4 (October 2005), 701-711

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