Paid Family Leave and Work-Life Balance in Today’s America

Why do both a majority of both parties want paid family leave, and when are they going to get it? Where do we draw the line between work and life in today’s America? And what does it mean for the all-American centerpiece of our society: the family?

In this episode, we explore the future of our sacred family values and the policies that affect them with Johanna Thunell.

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Election scholars explain how random campaign audits can increase transparency for voters

By Matthew Kredell The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Bedrosian Center on Governance hosted a research seminar on Feb. 1 discussing the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Abby Wood…

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Substandard Housing: The Choice No American Should Have to Make

I heard a story recently about a man who lived in a crooked apartment. The floor was sloped, so that if you placed a bottle at one end of the room, it would roll downhill until it hit the other wall. The apartment was rent-controlled, and the man who lived in it was terrified that…

The Art of the Public Policy Deal

“The ACLU and the [Los Angeles Police] Protective League have never agreed on anything, ever,” Soboroff said. “But they both agreed that with certain conditions on-body cameras will protect the people they want to protect: the public and the officers. When they both said yes, I knew I was on to something. Now, every major city in America is following us, watching our test with on-body technology.”

Public Policy Investment: A New Approach to Studying Policy Priorities

Bedrosian Center Faculty Awardees present research findings. Today, Anthony Bertelli will present findings on a new approach to studying policy priorities. This research seeks an international collaboration around a new theory and method for analyzing attention to public policy topics by governments. The project will address some of the enduring questions of democratic government: why…

The Concept, Origins and Effects of Issue Ownership

Issue ownership refers to the association of particular public policy issues with particular political parties. Walgrave examines the concept in international comparative context. Stefaan Walgrave is professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He received his PhD in 1995 from the KULueven. He has been teaching political science since 1996. His research…