Recent News

"States led by Republican governors and with a significant share of Trump supporters were an average of nearly three days later than other states to enact social distancing measures related to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new study." Based on research being done on why some states have not enacted the social distancing policy and why it took some states longer to enact the policy on the COVID-19 outbreak which is projected to cause about 84,000 to 200,000 deaths. The lead author of the research Christopher... Read more
UW Political Science Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof.Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site discuss that the slowdown in the global supply chain, due to COVID-19 disruptions, may hamper the switch to cleaner sources of energy. Coronavirus causing havoc on the world economy has created shortages in the global supply chain, which can ruin global decarbonization. Low resources of sourcing inputs, specifically known as "critical minerals", is the greatest challenge for our society to overcome. The article advocates for a change in climate policy, suggesting a supply chain strategy in... Read more
John Wilkerson, Department Chair
Social scientists, including political scientists, study the world seeking to develop general lessons about institutions and behavior. These theories are intended to help society better understand and navigate a complex world. The main focus of our classes is to share and discuss leading theories of politics and the evidence for them.  In my U.S. Congress class, much of the focus is on theories that explain why the institution has such difficulty responding to visible societal problems. This exercise can be disheartening, so I frequently conclude by noting that “nothing is impossible in... Read more
On the Forbes web site, Prof. Aseem Prakash and Prof. Nives Dolšak state that implementing strict methods to prevent the CoronaVirus such as social distancing and lockdowns would cause an enormous depression to the economy of the United States.... Read more
UW Seattle Political Science Department has two faculty and a Ph.D. graduate publishing articles in quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal American Political Science Review: Jacob Grumbach, Race and Representation in Campaign Finance... Read more
What was the "Viking cradle of democracy"? How did Scandinavians before the modern era settle disputes? They had "tings". Take in this history lesson from UW Seattle Political Science Candidate Ellen Ahlness. Regional council assemblies called "tings" parlayed justice and settled disputes in the Viking Age. But they were not just regional. They were local, then regional and up to provincial and national. Read about this fascinating part of history that still resounds today in Scandinavian local and regional elections, as well as learn the origin of a... Read more
While Bernie Sanders says he wants "democratic socialism," what does that mean?, asks political science Prof. Victor Menaldo. For Sanders he holds up Nordic states like Sweden as examples of successful democracies and a well funded welfare state. Prof. Menaldo reminds that Sweden is not a democratic socialist state but very capitalist. Prof. Menaldo states that Sweden has a high standard of living but does it with a free market that is capitalist and a "social democracy" but uses the successful capitalist model to distribute assets alleviating poverty and still having a large middle class.... Read more
"The most effective way to mobilize African Americans, according to a survey, is appealing to race, not class." Prof. Christopher Parker and colleague Prof. Christopher Towler (CalState Sacramento and Ph.D. from UW Political Science) open with this warning and proceed to layout why Senator Bernie Sanders is now having trouble trying to get the Democratic nomination. The recent Super Tuesday revealed a clear lack of support from African Americans, a section of the voting population that any Democratic... Read more
Political Science Professor and Chair John Wilkerson's Legislative Explorer (LegEx) has been featured by UW News. This new data visualization tool helps voters and others curious to visually explore the lawmaking process. Prof. Wilkerson created the web site and tool along with undergraduate Rohnin Randles. "The site taps into data from LEG-TECH, the Washington State Legislature’s Legislative Service Center. Each night, a new batch of data is pulled and used to update the database running the visualization, to keep the site as current as possible.'LegEx doesn’t capture everything the... Read more
How can nonprofits recover after a scandal? Profs. Aseem Prakash and Nives Dolšak have found this question relevant to what Oxfam and Save the Children experienced in highly publicized harrassment and exploitation scandals in recent years. After Oxfam and Save the Children's problems were exposed, celebrities and donors severed ties and finances suffered. Scandals can also affect unrelated but similar-in-mission nonprofits, some seeing less support after the big splash of news for well known organizations. Profs. Prakash and Dolšak used Twitter to research approval ratings of nonprofit... Read more