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Competing Solutions to the Principal-Agent Model

Governance Salon featuring Stephen Haptonstahl, University of California, Davis Stephen Haptonstahl’s talk offers statistical approaches for studying principal-agent relationships. He is a rising star in political methodology and bureaucratic politics. Haptonstahl designs and solves two statistical models of the Principal-Agent (boss-subordinate) game. This allows comparison of various substantive reasons for Read more…

American Ideology

Governance Salon featuring Morgan Marietta, University of Georgia At the request of our speaker, this event was not filmed. Invoked frequently but understood rarely, ideology is one of the core concepts in American politics. Most political elites hold a clear ideology, but most citizens do not; the majority of elites Read more…

Public Pension Crisis in California

SoCal ASPA forum series Public attention has increasingly focused on mounting public employee retiree costs in California as a significant driver of state and local government expenditures. A panel of public administrators and researchers will discuss the reforms proposed to address the pension crisis, including the state’s bipartisan Little Hoover Read more…

Heading towards a Network Theory of Effectiveness

Consortium on Collaborative Governance featuring Joerg Raab, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Despite the ever-increasing importance of networks as a societal phenomenon, network researchers in business, public management, and health care services still have only a marginal understanding of consciously created, goal-directed inter-organizational networks consisting of three or more organizations (Provan, Read more…

Between Experts and initiatives

Governance Salon featuring Michael Neblo, Ohio State University   Participatory democrats often criticize deliberative democracy as an inefficient, elitist, technocratic attempt to manipulate the public toward policies favored by elites. On the other hand, critics less sanguine about the capacities of the citizenry attack deliberative democrats as hopelessly naïve in Read more…

The Ronald Reagan Centennial

Leadership and Legacy : An Academic Symposium Multiple Locations Reagan Centennial Symposium Papers and Videos February 1-2, 2011 Executive Leadership from the Inside Out Paper from James Pfiffner, George Mason University : Paradox of President Reagan’s Leadership Presidents must lead a large staff of internal advisors, appointees, and high-ranking civil Read more…

When the Smoke Clears

Governance Salon featuring Charles Shipan, University of Michigan In federal systems, governments have the opportunity to learn from the policy experiments (and the potential successes) of other governments. Whether they seize such opportunities, however, may depend on the expertise or past experience of policymakers. Based on an analysis of a Read more…

Lessons of Bell

Governance Reform, Accountability, & Transparency October 4, 2010 Co-Sponsored by SoCal ASPA The LA Times reporters who broke the story about the Bell scandal, a USC expert in administrative ethics, the executive director of the state league of cities and a state legislator who introduced reform legislation will gather for Read more…

Where do Presidents Politicize?

Governance Salon featuring David Lewis, Vanderbilt University April 26, 2010 This paper explains why American presidents politicize some agencies and not others. It focuses on politicization motivated by a presidential desire to change agency policies, particularly in areas central to the president’s agenda, but constrained by the need to not Read more…

Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation

SPPD Governance Salon featuring Edward Kleinbard, USC Gould School of Law April 7, 2010 Abstract:Explicit federal outlays are determined through elaborate budget procedural rules (framework laws), but tax expenditures in many respects fall outside these established Congressional procedures. The preparation of the annual federal budget therefore privileges tax subsidies over Read more…

America 2050 Forum

Rebuilding and Renewing America – Infrastructure Strategies for the Southwest Megaregion June 19, 2009 The Bedrosian Center on Governance, the Keston Institute for Public Finance and USC, in partnership with America 2050, hosted business, civic, government, and academic leaders on June 19, 2009 at the USC Davidson Conference Center where Read more…

CCG Doctoral Conference

Consortium on Collaborative Governance On April 8-10, 2009 the Consortium on Collaborative Governance held a Doctoral conference at USC’s Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall. Sixteen doctoral students from across the country gathered to present their research, network and learn from each other as well as established scholars from the three Read more…

PIPE* Workshop: John Matsusaka, USC Marshall School of Business

The Power of Economic Interests Under Direct versus Representative Democracy

The power of economic interest groups to influence policy outcomes is a common theme in economics and political science. Most theories posit that interest group power arises from the ability to influence elected or appointed government officials, that is, by exploiting the representative part of democracy. This paper examines an unstated implication of these theories, that special interest influence will be weaker under direct democracy, when there are no representatives involved.

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