California’s ‘Top-Two’ Primary: Here’s How It All Works

The New York Times quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about California’s top-two primary system. Christian Grose, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California, who is writing a book on the top-two system, said the concern was “overblown” and the scenario feared by critics would, in all likelihood, rarely…

Who Has the Ear of Your Legislators and Why They Can’t Seem to Get Anything Done

We’re six months away from one of the most consequential midterm elections in modern history, and Americans are fed up with Congress. Politicians have gotten a bad rap throughout history, but today’s legislators are setting record lows in approval ratings and public trust. What gives? Why do they disappoint us so often? Are they really ignoring our needs and demands, or are we misunderstanding the challenges they face?

In this episode, Sarah Anderson shows that it’s a little of both: politicians don’t listen to all constituents equally, but they also can’t just snap their fingers and fulfill our wishes.

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In Defense of Our Political Party System (Sort Of)”

Did the recent government shutdown cause your confidence in government to soar?

We thought not. Luckily, Anthony spoke with UC San Diego prof Thad Kousser about where gridlock comes from, what to do about it, and whether politicians really deserve all the blame they get.

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Wood opinion piece featured in The Hill: Disclosure can encourage political speech

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Abby K. Wood, Assistant Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy at University of Southern California and her co-author Michael D. Gilbert is Sullivan & Cromwell Professor of Law at University of Virginia have contributed an op-ed to The Hill on disclosure during elections. Earlier this week, both the Clinton and Trump campaigns…

On civility and the true meaning of “politics” in an election year

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece on partisanship in Puerto Rico and its detrimental effects on governance. In it, I mentioned how bipartisanship and cooperation is something that the U.S. needs as well. Nothing drives a wedge between people of different ideologies like an election year. What we are seeing so far…