Bedrosian Center Posts

February 4, 2011

Ronald Reagan’s life, leadership and legacy were analyzed at USC by former members of the Reagan administration, journalists who covered the Reagan era, political scholars and historians at a conference…

February 2, 2011

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…

January 28, 2011

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…

January 14, 2011

Governance Salon featuring George Krause, University of Pittsburgh video not available January 13, 2011 Krause’s interest in the budgetary process led him to consider the role of resources in American…

November 22, 2010
November 9, 2010

Governance Salon, featuring Laurence J. O’Toole, University of Georgia November 8, 2010 Laurence J. O’Toole, is the Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and a Distinguished…

October 5, 2010

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,…

May 4, 2010

A Conversation Prompted by Today’s Fiscal Crisis May 3, 2010   The challenges facing local governments in California today have combined in a perfect storm: a half century of growth…

April 27, 2010

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…

April 8, 2010

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…

December 1, 2009

Governance and the Fiscal Crisis a USC SPPD – Critical Issues Forum Nov 12, 2009

June 19, 2009

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…

April 9, 2009

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…

May 8, 2001

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.