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Timely election administration and technology symposium draws leading scholars

Going into the 2020 election, popular fear of interference, fraud, or election meddling, means that leveraging the tools of rigorous social science is as important as ever.

Participants in the USC Bedrosian Center’s Symposium on Election Administration and Technology skillfully brought data, theory, and logic to bear on questions often driven by reflexive fear, anger, or confusion.

Political Fashion Statements & the Public Agenda

Fashion runways are public displays of opinion are just one of the many ways people enforce the public’s agenda. Bold statements are coming from high-end designers that usually have lots of wealth, which often means power in today’s society. All of these people are stakeholders. The fashion community is largely run by women and queer people who often feel they are after-thoughts in the policy-making and policy formulation processes.

Bedrosian Director is founding editor of Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy – new in 2020

Jeffery A. Jenkins, Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise, Director, Bedrosian Center, and Director, PIPE Collaborative, has been announced as the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy with first issues releasing in 2020. Jenkins Read more…

Top scholars from around the country gather at USC to discuss the political economy of executive politics

On October 29th, 2019, Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance, Jeff Jenkins, brought together top scholars from around the country to USC for The Political Economy of Executive Power Symposium. These exceptional scholars presented their research and engaged in lively discussions of these shifts in political decision-making trends and their effects on society.

Budgets are public policy

by Chrysa Perakis

The USC Price School of Public Policy and the Bedrosian Center on Governance are honored to have California State Controller Betty Yee as this month’s Lunch with a Leader special guest. Controller Yee served two terms on the California Board of Equalization before being elected Controller in November 2014. She was overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term in 2018.

Storytelling in a disconnected age, and why it matters for policymakers

Soledad O’Brien’s attention to the intersection of public policy and storytelling is crucial in bringing awareness to public policy issues to those outside our policy wonk bubble. We are so excited to have her as our distinguished speaker for The Holt Lecture this year and learn more about her approach to storytelling.

If you would like tickets for this year’s Holt Lecture, click here. It’s free! Hope to see you there!

What promises do we have to keep? : A Call for Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

by Casey Fischl Across the globe, countries acknowledge climate change as a scientific fact and have been implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies as per their commitment in the Paris Agreement. This, however, is not the case for the United States where political leaders are still debating and questioning what 97 percent of climate scientists agree Read more…

Consume with care: the social and environmental implications of the US avocado craze

by Olivia Olson Whether blended into smoothies, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, or mashed into guacamole, one feature remains constant: America’s love for avocados. With an extensive array of health benefits, an increase in Latino population, and a delicious buttery flavor–not to mention their social media trendiness–our avocado consumption has unsurprisingly skyrocketed Read more…

Kim Simon

by Casey Fischl

Kim Simon is the Managing Director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, which manages one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world. Kim has been with the Institute since its start in 1994 and has played a key role in the development and implementation of public engagement programs that connect USC Shoah Foundation to many audiences.

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