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UW Poltiical Science Professor Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak address how air pollution problems reflect governance failure because cities’ transportation infrastructure has not kept pace with their growing populations. But cities alone are not to be blamed for their poor air quality. Winds might carry air pollution from sources outside a city’s administrative control. For example Seoul, which receives trans-boundary pollution from China. Mainly focused on New Delhi in India and how the air pollution reflects both internal and regional governance... Read more
"Fake News" (Political Cartoon, 1895)
Tuesday February 25, 4:45­–6:30pm Location: Johnson 102 Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha Cosponsored by the UW Department of Communication     Good information is essential for good government, whether we are talking about decisions by citizens at the polls or the actions of the elected officials who represent them. Are citizens and policymakers are getting the information they need? Are they using available information to guide their decisions? If not, what can be done to promote more informed policy choices? Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of this important topic.  Admission is free... Read more
  Walls, Cages, & Family Separation: Immigration Policy in the Trump Era Professor Sophia Jordán Wallace, director of WISIR, is completing a co-authored book entitled, Walls, Cages, & Family Separation: Immigration Policy in the Trump Era to be published with Cambridge University Press later this year.  Immigration has been one of the most visible and contentious issues of the Trump presidency and will continue to be a contentious issue for years to come. The book begins by mapping out the landscape... Read more
Brian Leung
 Source:  The Economist Unmasking the Hong Kong Protests Kai Ping (Brian) Leung is a Ph.D. student in our department who specializes in Comparative Politics. After classes ended last summer, he returned to Hong Kong and participated in public protests over a proposed law allowing extraditions to mainland China. He received international media coverage for removing his mask and reading a statement on behalf of the protestors during the occupation of the chambers of the Legislative Council. We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Brian to learn more about Hong Kong’s political... Read more
John Wilkerson -- Chair of Political Science UW Seattle
I just finished reading Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (by John Meacham). Jefferson, of course, wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence and played many roles in early U.S. government including George Washington’s Secretary of State and two terms as President. The book offers fascinating insights into the man, but I most appreciated Jefferson’s observations about the politics of his times.  It was an era of widespread partisan suspicion and distrust,... Read more
Prof. Lance Bennett receiving honorary doctorate University of Bern
On December 7, Prof. Lance Bennett received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern, Switzerland as part of Dies academicus 2020, which commemorates the founding of the University of Bern in 1834. Prof. Bennett also participated in a daylong seminar on disinformation and democracy, and the communication processes that organize and mobilize movement-... Read more
In an article penned by NYT writer Jamelle Bouie, the theme is that the Republican Party took a turn for the much more confrontational when the Tea Party surfaced. But where did the descructive style of politics come from? Conventional thought says the Republicans of the mid 1990s Congress. But the author says it is more than a fear of of over taxation and spending and more a fear of losing their country to others. For the full... Read more
UW Political Science Graduate Students Mathieu Dubeau and Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer penned an article for the American Association of University Professors, "Data Snapshot: Graduate Students, Social Class, and Academia’s Promise." They ask: "Quantitative academic scholarship typically understands class in terms of a person’s socioeconomic status. But what does this really mean to social science graduate students, many of whom study social and economic stratification?", and, "What effect does this range of class backgrounds have on the graduate school experience?" From a small survery... Read more
Why did the recent rejection of Referendum 88 in Washington State happen by a slim margin? According to UW Political Science Asst. Prof. Jake Grumbach, there were two possibly causes:Polling where the “'social desirability bias,' a tendency in survey respondents to give answers that make them look favorable to the surveyor." and the low turnout of local elections make it harder to get support for an vote. For the full article... Read more
The UW Center for Environmental Politics (CEP) was created to study the environment from the social science perspective. The director Aseem Prakash said there hasn’t been enough action taken on climate change even though there are several available technologies to help address the change, but unless we understand the politics and the social science of environmental challenges, we will not be able to address them. “We have an excellent College of the Environment, we have excellent natural and physical scientists, but the social science understanding remained quite poor,” Prakash said. “And... Read more