For The Economist on The History and Status Quo of Government Shutdowns

By G. Elliott Morris

On Jan. 10, 2019

I wrote with my colleauge Jon Fasman about how a 1980s rule change created the modern government shutdown. Polarization has made them worse. Presidents — as we have seen — can make them disastrous.

“This town, shut down | Before 1980 the federal government did not shut down | Jimmy Carter’s attorney-general changed how America is governed”