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Politics, Media and the Presidential Primaries

An insightful conversation on the Presidential election as the upcoming California primary grows in significance. Special guests include columnist and veteran political consultant Bob Shrum, author of No Excuses: Confession of a Serial Campaigner, and Marylouise Oates, journalist, human rights activist and author of Making Peace and other novels.

CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan will lead the discussion.

Collaboration and Culture

Organizational Culture and the Dynamics of Collaborative Networks Featuring Chris Weare and Nicole Esparza Recently, inter-organizational collaborative networks have received increasing attention from political science and public administration scholars. From a policy perspective, this interest has been sparked by the rise of networked-based forms of policy development and implementation due Read more…

Special Interest Politics

In a campaign season dominated by Super PACS and a political culture in which money and lobbyists seem to rule, what role do special interests play in our political system? Join a panel of experts including Jack Abramoff, former Republican lobbyist, newly-turned ethics watchdog, and author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist, and Bob Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California State Assembly and Co-Chair of reform group California Forward, to discuss the impact of special interests in politics and the presidential campaign.

The Future of Federal Transport Policy

The House, the Senate, and the White House have all released dueling transportation spending bills – and we’re not likely to see any of them passed this election year. Each version represents competing visions for federal leadership in US infrastructure and finance in an era where trillion-dollar deficits and unemployment still weigh heavily on budgetary politics.

Recession and Recovery

Road to the White House Recession & Recovery: How will the economy shape election 2012? Featuring: Michael Davidson, Chief Executive Officer for Gen Next Sam Garrison, Former Vice President of Public Policy for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Alex Davidson, Director of External Relations for the USC College Republicans Read more…

Measuring Behavioral Attributes for Federal Agencies Across Time

Bedrosian Research Award Seminar Featuring: Anthony Bertelli Abstract: Behavioral attributes are observed manifestations of cognitive or emotive constructs. Aggregates of such attributes are often used at the organization level in public management research. Difficulties in measuring attributes over time and across organizations have frequently limited statistical designs to single organization Read more…

The Future of Nuclear Power in the US Energy Supply

There are three obstacles to the future development of nuclear power: Safety, waste disposal, and weapons proliferation. The current US administration has a mixed record regarding nuclear power: On one hand it has been promoting nuclear power as a means to producing energy without greenhouse gas emissions; on the other hand, it has stopped the development nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada calling into question a solution that seemed to be in reach.

From the Tea Party to Occupy

How Populist Movements Shape American Politics

Tea Partiers and Occupiers are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet they both embrace the politics “of the people.” What effect will these populist movements have on the upcoming state, congressional and presidential races?

New Connectedness as a Strategy to Win Majority Support

Rapid demographic change has dramatic, polarizing effects among the electorate, especially in a time of economic despair. The declining majority status of whites, growing numbers of elderly, and increasing immigration each have been cause for rejoicing and new political demands. Yet those trends fan fears and galvanize opposition that is easily exploited by political candidates. In this environment is there any hope for reducing division and polarization? How can a middle-ground position of common interests be established and defended?

Debate and the Arab Spring

A conversation with faculty fellow Gordon Stables, Georgia State Communication Professor Shawn Powers, and Trojan Debate Squad members Nate Wong (captain), Chris Patterson, and Katrina Kaiser about international affairs and the 2012 election. Democratic revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa’s impact on U.S. international policy and influence in the 2012 election is discussed.

State of the Campaign

Featuring:

Rob Stutzman, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Hector De La Torre, Former California State Assemblyman, 50th District
Alex Davidson, Director of External Relations, College Republicans
Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, President, College Democrats

Framing the Debate

CCLP faculty fellow Tom Hollihan is the author of Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age. Hollihan, communication professor Gordon Stables and members of the Trojan Debate Squad will talk about the media’s role in influencing public perception of issues in the 2012 presidential election.

Bedrosian Center