What persuades elected officials to remove Confederate symbols?

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College and USC graduate student Jordan Carr Peterson about the most persuasive arguments when asking city officials to remove a Confederate symbol. “Elected officials, especially Republicans, may be persuaded to remove Confederate symbols when the decision is framed as good for business,”…

Nancy Pelosi rebuffs Democrats antsy to change

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School was quoted by San Francisco Chronicle on the fact that political parties villainize members of the other party to mobilize their base. “That’s an old trick. (Former Assembly Speaker) Willie Brown was used in exactly the same way” by California Republicans, said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor…

CA’s Republicans say ‘yes’ to health care bill

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act and the California representatives who supported the bill. Sherry: It’s astonishing to me, quite frankly, because if only two California Republicans had moved to “no,” that bill would not have made it out of…

McCann’s new book uncovers partisanship when Congress delegates policy to states

Ever since she worked for a state-level agency before attending graduate school, USC Price Assistant Professor Pamela McCann has been intrigued by when and why Congress chooses to delegate to the states for implementation of federal policy. In her new book The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation (Cambridge University Press), McCann uncovered the…

Jeffe’s post-election opinion: California Is An Alternate Universe

Fox & Hounds ran post-election commentary from Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe. The piece takes the election results from California as compared to the rest of the country. Trump won with gangbuster support from the nation’s rural areas and small towns; California is the least rural, most urbanized, state. But it…

Some musings on the mid-terms and pre-2016 politics

November 10, 2014, by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe

“One thing is perfectly clear from the mid-term elections—the voters are royally pissed. Exit polling showed a sour crowd—and an electorate that, as it usually is in off- year elections, is older, whiter, more conservative, better off and more likely to vote Republican.”