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In a piece penned by Hallie Golden, UW political science Prof. Christopher S. Parker says that at state and federal levels partisan politics of both parties show polarization. “'Republicans are scared, their constituents are scared, and they’re willing to do anything and everything to maintain, hold on to political power.' That apparently includes refusing to eject alleged criminals from office if they keep their conservative support and are never convicted in a court of law." Washington State is no exception to some of this extremism: "In December an independent investigation determined that... Read more
The Background Briefing episode for January 20, 2020 opened with host Ian Masters interviewing UW Political Science Prof. Christopher  Parker. Discussing the findings in the recent Washington Post-Ipsos Poll about African-American views on Donald Trump's presidency and that Donald Trump is the "new wine in old bottles." Masters and Parker state that the election of Trump was a reaction to the Obama presidency, a pendulum swing in politics. The interview leads to the upcoming election and the danger that Trump will turnout more of the... Read more
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
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  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