Governance Salon: Sarah Binder & Mark Spindel

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve Sarah Binder is professor of political science at George Washington University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her books include Advice and Dissent and Stalemate. Mark Spindel has spent his entire career in investment managemetn at such organizations as Salomon Brothers, the World Bank,…

The Feres Doctrine, Service Members, & the Courts

Dwight Stirling is CEO and Co-Founder of the Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI), having general executive oversight over the Legal Services Division and Think Tank. Laura Riley is a practicing public interest attorney and has published many legal articles, including three in Los Angeles Lawyer. Under the Feres doctrine, a policy stemming from a 1950 Supreme Court…

PIPE* Workshop: R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech

The first goal of the PIPE program will be to hold a regular scholarly workshop, structured around external speakers, that will bring together USC faculty and graduate students from Price, Gould, Marshall, Dornsife (the Political Science and Economics Departments) who have an interest in political institutions and political economy. The workshop will provide a regular forum for PIPE scholarship and create an environment for new collaborations…

Dean Jack Knott in Conversation with Raphael Bostic

Jack Knott, the Dean and the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy had a conversation with USC Professor and President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Raphael Bostic.

Black Identity Extremism (BIE) Forum

Karen Bass 2012 - photo by Leroy Hamilton

An F.B.I. Intelligence Assessment leaked in October determined, “The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.” During a November 14 House Judiciary Committee hearing…

PIPE* Workshop: Steven Liao, UCRiverside

Foreign Real Estate Investment and Incumbent Party Support in the U.S. Few economic issues affect people as personally and universally as housing. Yet despite the increasing globalization of housing markets, little is known about its effect on political behavior. This study explores how Chinese investments in U.S. residential property shaped support for the incumbent party.…

PIPE* Workshop: Thad Kousser, UC San Diego

Life, Literacy, and The Pursuit of Prosperity: Party Competition & Policy Outcomes in 50 States About the Talk: We examine whether strenuous party competition promotes economic development and improves social outcomes, drawing on evidence from the 50 American states over the last century. Our evidence includes data on party competition, state spending, and measures of health, education, and prosperity, drawn…

PIPE Workshop: Melinda Ritchie, UC Riverside

Legislators as Lobbyists Policy is produced by elected and unelected officials and through the interactions of branches of government. We consider how such interactions affect policy outcomes and representation. We argue that legislators try to influence bureaucratic decisions through direct communication with federal agencies, and that such contact is effective and has consequences for policy…

PIPE Workshop: Graeme Boushey, UC Irvine

The Gift of Gridlock: Divided Government, Bureaucratic Autonomy, and the Politics of Rulemaking in the American States Scholars of American politics debate the consequences of polarized and divided government on lawmaking, but have largely neglected the impact of institutional conflict on the policy outputs of the bureaucracy. We argue that gridlock empowers bureaucrats, as conflict…