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In an article written by Prof. Chistopher S. Parker, the Stuart A. Scheingold professor of social justice and political science at the University of Washington and Prof. Matt A. Barreto, UCLA, they discuss the idea that a perceived threat could be the key to the black vote in 2018 citing multiple examples of high black voter turnout due to perceived threats. They begin by discussing the low African American voter turnout during the 2016 presidential election stating that the African American turnout had declined relative to 2012. This low voter turnout from black voters may have cost Hillary... Read more
Has Trump gone global? In a word: yes. America isn't the only country in the West experiencing political upheaval. Recent events suggests something amiss in the West. With the election of Donald Trump in the US, and Brexit in Great Britain, politics in the West has taken on a reactionary mood, and these are only the places in which it's achieved a measure of success. Reactionary politics, a style of politics in which the historically dominant cultural group seeks a return to its past glory, seems to have also taken root in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway... Read more
The core issue is: why are climate change considerations absent from the discussions about Amazon HQ2? In September 2017, Amazon announced that it is going to create its second headquarters (HQ2) and invited cities to send their proposals. By the October 18 deadline, 238 proposals were in: from cities in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, as well as by counties and even states! Several analysts have provided their ranking of cities. Moody’s Analytics lead the rating charge and published their top 65 cities for HQ2. Interestingly none of the analysts include climate change issues in their rankings... Read more
Professor Geoffrey Wallace
On November 15th, political science professors Geoffrey Wallace, Megan Francis, and Ellis Goldberg participated in an engaging conversation in a panel organized by the Department of Political Science. The topic was on the politics of terror and terrorism. The room was full with an audience of mostly students, as well as faculty, university staff, and alumni. Each presenter offered a different view of terrorism based off their areas of expertise. Professor Wallace began the discussion by examining terrorism from an international perspective. Next, Professor Francis discussed terrorism in the... Read more
Anthony Gill, Political Science professor at the University of Washington featured on this episode of EconTalk episode speaking on the topic of tipping and why tipping persists as well as speaking on what it achieves despite there being no formal way of enforcing this norm. He goes into this topic in referring to a recent paper he's written on tipping. In it he answers the question of why tipping persists, despite the recent efforts that have been made to stop it. He also speaks on how the... Read more
Christopher Parker
Following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia which with “Public violence and intimidation [unmasked] raw hateful prejudice and resurgent white supremacy”, in this episode of Interchange on WFHB, "The Same Old Hate: The Reactionary Right Rides Again", a divided America under the harsh reality of a Donald Trump presidency is discussed. The discussion is split into three parts, the first speaking about this idea of the Obama effect as well as speaking about the tea party and Trumps “reactivation” of the Tea Party.... Read more
UW Politcal Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux takes a look at the recent Republican House tax proposal and decifers whom it really helps. In The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Prof. Lemieux that is helps mainly the wealthy and the much lauded help to the middle class is only token, Despite a few sops to middle-class families with children, the bill redistributes wealth upward. The big cut in the corporate tax rate and the elimination of the alternative minimum tax overwhelmingly... Read more
In The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, Political Science Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleagues, Nives Dolšak, Thomas Bernauer and Liam McGrath, report on the reasons for Delhi, India area’s dangerous smog alert. Though the government has limited vehicle use and banned construction, these usual suspects are not the cause. What is the problem?: Farmers and politics that lets them continue to burn. Politicians are wary of... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Assem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak write in the The Conversation that donors to charities often waste money on scams and too often continue to give to dubious fundraisers. Too few donors research nonprofits before giving, Unfortunately, not enough U.S. donors do any research about the nonprofits they’re supporting before clicking that “donate” button. According to a 2011 study – the most recent research available – fewer than one in... Read more
The Washington Center Award
The Washington Center (TWC) has awarded the University of Washington as the Public Institution of the Year for 2017. TWC is an academic internship program that partners with universities around the nation to place students in exciting institutional sites around D.C. The UW internships are open to students campus-wide but administered by the Department of Political Science, long led by Director of Academic Services Meera Roy. Meera and Divisional Dean of Social Sciences George Lovell attended an award ceremony in D.C. on October 2. Former UW regent and TWC... Read more