The Myth of Independence

Congressional historian Sarah Binder joins neighbor and investment manager, Matt Spindel in a look at the history of the relationship between the Federal Reserve and its legislative parent, Congress. The result is the Princeton University Press book The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve.

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“The question of access is about audience and participation, and being able to deliver.”

Rochelle Steiner, a curator, writer, public art producer, and Professor of Critical Studies at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. Rochelle shares with us how her lifelong interests in the public realm, audiences, and participation brought her to curating and have since informed her career.

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Edwin Bender column: Wanted: civic courage

Richmond Times-Dispatch cited research by Abby Wood (USC Gould) and colleagues that found disclosure of signatures on a ballot measures does not chill free speech. New cutting-edge studies by scholars, including Abby Wood of University of Southern California and Douglas Spencer of the University of Connecticut, are beginning to provide the type of evidence Justice Thomas…

State of Affairs: Assembly Speaker Rendon threatened, blue California could be seeing red

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California politics, including resistance to state health care bills, a bill to increase transparency for campaign ad spending and the impact of the Democratic Party’s supermajority. Listen to interview here

Our American Discourse

Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.

Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, Our American Discourse reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.

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The Demise of California Redevelopment Law, and the Repackaging of Tax Increments for California Municipalities

originally posted on PUBLICCEO, March 24, 2015 On June 28, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that effectively dissolved all California Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs). Through the California Redevelopment Association and the League of California Cities, local governments challenged the constitutionality of the two laws (ABx1 26 and ABx1 27) at the California…