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"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
The results of the 2016 presidential vote did not surprise everyone. UW political science Prof. Christopher Parker was one not surprised. His research told him that the Trump campaign could mobilize a lot of support from the recent Tea Party sentiment. How does this affect the 2020 election? Prof. Parker cites empirical evidence that black voters "...who believed Trump was an existential threat to the country were far more likely to say they would turn out than black voters who didn’t believe Trump is an existential threat." For the full read please... Read more
In an article written by Anthony Gill, a Political Science Professor at the University of Washington Seattle, he focused on tackling the idea that students have that they might not do as great as their parents did career wise, and he used an experiment from one of his classes to make his point. The experiment was about trade, and he assigned the class to start a trade with just a paperclip, The end product would be getting a $75 gift card after meeting all the requirements. The main goal of Prof. Gill was to show his students how easy it can be to make gains from trade, and that there are... Read more
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
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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