Lunch with a Leader: Sonja Trauss, SF Bay Area Renters Federation

Sonja Trauss, founded the SFBay Area Renters Federation , the Metro Observer and co-founded the YIMBY Party and CA Renters Legal Advocacy to advance the cause of building housing. San Francisco, and California are experiencing a housing shortage. Housing shortage is bad for renters (and good for homeowners, incidentally). High prices are a symptom of…

Price Governance Salon: Jennifer Brinkerhoff, George Washington University

Jennifer Brinkerhoff discussed her recent book, Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage. Externally-promoted institutional reform, even when nominally accepted by developing country governments, often fails to deliver lasting change.  Diasporans – immigrants who still feel a connection to their country of origin – may offer an In-Between Advantage for institutional reform, which links…

Grose & Wood research update: Transparency and the Federal Election Commission

Highlights from the USC Price Bedrosian Center Governance Salon presentation featuring Abby Wood and Christian Grose. Watch the full video here. Christian Grose and Abby Wood discussed the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Transparency has informational benefits to voters and can affect election…

Price Governance Salon: Gregg Van Ryzin, PhD, Rutgers University

Experiments in Public Management Research: Challenges and Contributions Gregg Van Ryzin, PhD, professor at Rutgers University-Newark delivered a Governance Salon talk.  Interest in experimental research in public management is on the rise, yet the field still lacks a broad understanding of its role in producing substantive findings and theoretical advances.  This talk outlines the advantages of experiments in…

Pam McCann research update: House & Senate negotiations and policy choice

Pamela Clouser McCann, Ph.D., assistant professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy discussed updates to her research on House and Senate negotiations and policy choice. Legislators encode their policy choices in the text of bills they propose, debate, and pass. This text, and the policy choices within it, reflect the preferences of the members whose support…

Perceptions of Corruption and Actual Corruption among Firms: To What Extent Can They be Reduced by Good Governance?

Jeff Nugent, USC professor of Economics at Dornsife College of Letters and Arts, teaches Development Economics.  Nugent researches institutions and development, the political economy of growth, small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, contractual choice, old age security and fertility and regional (supranational) coordination of industrial development in developing countries. Professor Nugent discussed his current research paper, “Perceptions of Corruption…

Lost in Translation: How Bureaucratic Hierarchies & Policy Networks Limit Presidential Control

As the power of the presidency has grown, most research has suggested that presidents maintain strong control over federal agencies. Yet, this conclusion fails to consider the impact of the sprawling hierarchy on controlling bureaucracy. Matt Zarit uses federal contract awards to show how organizational hierarchy limits presidential power over the distribution of federal spending.…

Lunch with a Leader: Anne Miskey & Brooke Lykins of Downtown Women’s Center

At Downtown Women’s Center, homelessness is not inevitable, but a societal problem that bears especially hard on women. It can be ended. At DWC, housing first is key to an individual’s successful transition out of homelessness and on the path to success.  This combined with critical time intervention case management, women are empowered to achieve stability and independence.  With a 95%…

When Immigrants & Refugees Flood Our Shores

When refugees & immigrants flee to America’s shores, the American fear of “them” is great but so too is the moral responsibility.  Discussion of the possible threats and great benefits refugees bring with them in their search for new homes. Ehsan Zaffar, Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of…