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?
Students Talk Back This week’s discussion focuses on Social Justice issues facing USC/Los Angeles. Featuring: Leslie Ivie, USC Price MPA student, Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor at USC Price Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) Moderated by: Raphael Bostic, Read more…
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.
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
Kevin Koy, UC Berkeley Kevin Koy is Executive Director, Geospatial Innovation Facility, UC Berkeley – College of Natural Resources. The Cal-Adapt (http://cal-adapt.org) web application has been developed to showcase the wealth of innovative climate change research being produced by the scientific community in California. Through a combination of locally relevant Read more…
What if you could pick your choice for president?” Non-partisan Americans Elect envisions a new online, direct form of democracy for 2012—an election in which voters pick a president, not a party.
Governance Salon featuring Andrew Whitford, University of Georgia The bully pulpit is one of the modern president’s most powerful tools — and one of the most elusive to measure. Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda uses the war on drugs as a case study to explore whether and how a Read more…
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.
A look at the 2010 health reform legislation, which was become a hot button in the early 2012 presidential debates. Voters remain conflicted about what they want in their health system and what they demand from their politicians.
Governance Salon featuring Stefaan Walgrave, University of Antwerp Issue ownership refers to the association of particular public policy issues with particular political parties. Walgrave examines the concept in an international comparative context. Stefaan Walgrave is a professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He received his Ph.D. Read more…
Featuring CCLP senior fellow and presidential biographer Richard Reeves. A USC Annenberg journalism professor, Reeves has authored biographies of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and John Kennedy, among others. His latest book is Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949.
Reed Galen, Managing Director, Mercury Public Affairs
Shannon Murphy, Deputy Controller for Communications, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel
Dennis Su, College Republicans
Victoria Hallebo, Vice President, College Democrats
Bedrosian Center / SoCal ASPA forum series A panel of experts discusses case studies focusing on Southern California local governments and school districts which not only have successfully coped with budget cuts but are demonstrating and building long-term fiscal sustainability leadership in a new era of austerity. Among issues the Read more…
Throughout US history, the paths to reform have been paved with obstacles. California is seen as the leader in climate change strategies, but is California’s policy the right path forward?
Governance Salon featuring Nancy Stuadt, University of Southern California Staudt’s talk investigates the effects of macroeconomic trends on judicial decision making in the federal context. Nancy Staudt, a nationally renowned tax and tax policy scholar, is the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law at USC Read more…
Featuring CCLP Senior Fellow Narda Zacchino, who is currently working on a book about California that focuses on the oft-made comparisons between California and Texas. Joining her will be Annenberg Professor and Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer.
Andre Pineda, Pollster, Obama for America 2008
Matt Klink, Former President, Cerrell Associates
Fritz Pielstick, College Democrats
Aaron Wong, Membership Director, College Republicans
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…
California led the nation in foreclosures this July, with over 56,000 homes going into foreclosure. While this number is down 16% from last year, it remains high. In fact, filings in the state of California represented over 25% of new filings.
A conversation with Morley Winograd and Mike Hais, co-authors of the new book Millennial Momentum: How a new generation is remaking America. Professor Geoffrey Cowan moderates the discussion.
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…
Voters are unhappy about the economy and Barack Obama is taking the brunt of it. But Americans don’t have much faith in the Republicans to make things better either. Who can emerge from the GOP primary to take on Obama?
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…
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…
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…