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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
University of Washington political scientist Megan Ming Francis says there is a dearth of academic book series being published on topics of race, ethnicity and politics. Now, she will start to change that. Megan Ming Francis An associate professor of political science, Francis will be the editor of a new series of books from Cambridge University Press called Cambridge Elements in Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Francis, on leave and at Harvard for the... Read more
A lot of companies in the coal industry are filing for bankruptcy protection, which Profs. Prakash and Dolšak believe will also be the fate of the Tar Sands oil industry in the years to come. A lot of investments are being put into the oil industry through Alberta, which would be beneficial in the next 10-20 years due to predicted high demand. The downside to it is, those oil demand would later go down due to newer technologies that might no longer require oil, like electric cars, and possible carbon taxes that could reduce demand for oil in the next 20 - 40 years. The wise policy is to start... Read more
Prof. and Chair John Wilkerson and Political Science Graduate Andreu Casas awarded the CQ Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies. Abstract: For more than half a century, scholars have been studying legislative effectiveness using a single metric—whether the bills a member sponsors progress through the legislative  process.  We  investigate  a less orthodox... Read more
California is considering passing a legislature for it’s “pro-free market” which allows college and university student athletes to negotiate compensation and salary at their will without any interference of a third party. However, the legislature may actually be the opposite of what it is trying to accomplish. The government interference (imposing the policy) might defeat the purpose of a free market. For example, the NCAA and its member universities often offer athletic students deals that they can take it or leave it and both the NCAA and the student have to agree on a voluntary contract... Read more
UW Professor Emeritus Margaret Levi, who now runs the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, was named the 2019 recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in March 2019. Levi accepted the prize and delivered her Skytte Prize speech on September 28, 2019 at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. The full text of that speech can be read here.
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write about the recent announcement from Amazon regarding the greening of the company: On September 19, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon has “co-founded” the Climate Pledge with Global Optimism to meet the Paris climate targets by 2040, ten years ahead of schedule. The Pledge focuses will be: 1. 100% renewable energy by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040 2. induction of 100,000 electric vehicles in the delivery fleet 3. $100 million investment in reforestation projects in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Employees from big... Read more
Political Science Prof. Christopher Parker on The Seattle Channel's Civic Cocktail, along with King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, to discuss violence linked to white supremacy. Much of this violence involves white males who are alienated and angry. University of Washington political science professor Christopher Sebastian Parker adds, " removes all doubt of the fact that this is a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic country, period." The discussion can be view here on Youtube (first half): Read more
Ellis Goldberg portrait
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Emeritus Ellis Goldberg passed away on September 21, 2019. Ellis was a scholar of comparative politics and Middle East politics in the Department of Political Science and past Director of the Middle East Center in the Jackson School of International Studies. He received his BA from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington in 1985. He published four books, including Tinker, Tailor and Textile Worker: Class and Politics in Egypt, 1930–... Read more