Price Governance Salon: Donald Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Donald Moynihan, director and professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison, previewed his new book, Hassles or Help: Compliance, Learning and Psychological Costs in the Administrative State. This talk developed the concept of administrative burden as an important variable in understanding how citizens experience the state. Administrative burden is conceptualized as a…

When Women Lead: Breaking Barriers, Building Communities

The USC Price Athenian Society’s series, When Women Lead focused on women in law enforcement for the March 15, 2017 event. Taking advantage of the fact that Los Angeles County has 7 female police chiefs, The Athenian Society gathered over 350 law enforcement officers from the region to discuss the strong women in our community Breaking Barriers, Building Communities.

Lunch with a Leader: Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Tesoro Refining & Marketing

Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Manager, Public Affairs & Government Affairs at Tesoro Refining & Marketing, manages and coordinates the full range of communication and stakeholder management activities for the company’s Los Angeles Refinery including government relations, community relations, media relations and crisis communications. She monitors and analyzes the business, political, and regulatory environment to assess current or…

Lunch with a Leader: Sonja Trauss, SF Bay Area Renters Federation

Sonja Trauss, founded the SFBay Area Renters Federation , the Metro Observer and co-founded the YIMBY Party and CA Renters Legal Advocacy to advance the cause of building housing. San Francisco, and California are experiencing a housing shortage. Housing shortage is bad for renters (and good for homeowners, incidentally). High prices are a symptom of…

Price Governance Salon: Jennifer Brinkerhoff, George Washington University

Jennifer Brinkerhoff discussed her recent book, Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage. Externally-promoted institutional reform, even when nominally accepted by developing country governments, often fails to deliver lasting change.  Diasporans – immigrants who still feel a connection to their country of origin – may offer an In-Between Advantage for institutional reform, which links…

Grose & Wood research update: Transparency and the Federal Election Commission

Highlights from the USC Price Bedrosian Center Governance Salon presentation featuring Abby Wood and Christian Grose. Watch the full video here. Christian Grose and Abby Wood discussed the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Transparency has informational benefits to voters and can affect election…

Price Governance Salon: Gregg Van Ryzin, PhD, Rutgers University

Experiments in Public Management Research: Challenges and Contributions Gregg Van Ryzin, PhD, professor at Rutgers University-Newark delivered a Governance Salon talk.  Interest in experimental research in public management is on the rise, yet the field still lacks a broad understanding of its role in producing substantive findings and theoretical advances.  This talk outlines the advantages of experiments in…

Pam McCann research update: House & Senate negotiations and policy choice

Pamela Clouser McCann, Ph.D., assistant professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy discussed updates to her research on House and Senate negotiations and policy choice. Legislators encode their policy choices in the text of bills they propose, debate, and pass. This text, and the policy choices within it, reflect the preferences of the members whose support…

Perceptions of Corruption and Actual Corruption among Firms: To What Extent Can They be Reduced by Good Governance?

Jeff Nugent, USC professor of Economics at Dornsife College of Letters and Arts, teaches Development Economics.  Nugent researches institutions and development, the political economy of growth, small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, contractual choice, old age security and fertility and regional (supranational) coordination of industrial development in developing countries. Professor Nugent discussed his current research paper, “Perceptions of Corruption…