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In a lively Crosscut Talks, 2020 Visions: Presidential Election Predictions and Projections debate, Professor Christopher Parker lends his views. A few points made by Prof. Parker: -- Donald Trump will win re-election unless Democrats get their act together. -- Democrats need to be more pragmatic and less idealist in order to... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and collaborator Nives Dolšak write about the American democracy and how the judiciary branch is starting to have more influence in policy creation, instead of just interpreting the law. Their key point was that asking the judiciary to mandate climate policies might have the unintended effect of concentrating policy making power in the judiciary, thereby affecting the long-term health of the US democracy. Examples of such situation is the ongoing issue between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California regulators concerning emissions in cars. The EPA... Read more
An article written by the University of Washington very own Department of Political Science professor, Anthony Gill, talks about the risks and dangers of making a policy that makes hikers pay for the cost of their rescue. In the article, he talks about how some hikers do not think about the risk that comes with hiking, like the decisions they make while hiking or how challenging the trail or mountain they are going on is. The main point in his article is that making hikers pay for emergency rescue has its good side and bad side. The good side is that hikers would really put into... Read more
Why haven't co-sponsors of the other environmental legislation signed on to the Green New Deal? Are Congress members avoiding it? Has it become political taboo? The Green New Deal (GND) puts forth an ambitious policy agenda. And that may be part of the problem for some legislators. The GND may be too radical for many with its inclusion of other issues like healthcare and social inequalities. The GND being sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could also be a problem for other representatives as associating with the GND would make it appear that they agree with her politics."... Read more
Donald Trump refusal to release his federal tax return to Congress was possible because of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from his administration stated that the basis that the request by Congress lacks a "legitimate legislative purpose" despite a statute passed in 1924 because of the Teapot Dome scandal, requiring the returns to be turned over after a request from the committee. Nevertheless, Congress could request his New York state tax return through Andrew Cuomo's administration, which it would be willing to do as its oversight responsibility. This is beneficial to Congress because... Read more
NGOs have emerged as important actors in global politics. They are often viewed as basic building blocks for democracy and economic growth. This course examines the role of NGOs at international, national and local levels. It provides groundwork approaches to understanding nonprofits, NGOs, and philanthropy. The emphasis is on how philanthropy, nonprofit, and NGO sectors operate, their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society, and converse effects of society and its institutions; and more importantly the policy-making process. We will explore various... Read more
Is America democratic? What is democracy? What do we do when different dimensions of democracy collide? Are there costs to democracy? This course will explore these questions through a combination of historical analysis, studying current events, thinking through and applying democratic theory, and analyzing empirical research. We will assess how democratic American institutions (Congress, Presidency, and the Courts) are, the components of democratic citizenship, and how civil rights and civil liberties influence state-citizen/ citizen-citizen interactions.... Read more
This course uses an American political development approach to the study of state and local politics with an emphasis on Washington state.  We go beyond simple considerations of institutions and law to understand ways in which actors are empowered and constrained within the landscape of local government.  Our goal is to develop a nuanced and robust body of knowledge conceptualizing how state politics provide a unique laboratory of democracy.   Be prepared for guest speakers from a wide variety of arenas linked to state and local government.  In the past we've had state supreme court justices... Read more
India is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, but haven’t really done much in terms of taking actions even though they signed the 2015 Paris agreement. India relies on coal a lot for energy, which means they have a lot of work to do in terms of working towards renewable energy, but it has not been given a lot of attention in the political sector. Furthermore, the election in India is quickly approaching and the citizens of India are demanding climate action, which means whoever or whichever party wants to win the election needs to have plans for climate change or renewable energy... Read more
Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita in International Studies at the University of Washington, has been named the 25th recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. She is awarded the prize for “having laid the foundations of our understanding of why citizens accept state coercion, by combining theoretical acumen and historical knowledge.” Margaret Levi is currently Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (... Read more