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The Political Science Department is pleased to announce an Assistant Professor position in Political Theory and a Lecturer position, open now. For more details please link here.
Congratulations to UW Political Science's newest faculty, Prof. Jake Grumbach, who won two awards from The American Political Science Association for 2019. Award #1 The William Anderson prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. Award#2... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker and colleague Rachel Blum in a Cambridge University Press paper, “Trump-ing Foreign Affairs: Status Threat and Foreign Policy Preferences on the Right,” ask some questions about why establishment Republican would support Trump's policies: President Trump is often at odds with the conservative establishment over a range of issues, not least of which is foreign policy. Yet it remains unclear whether supporting “Trumpism” is commensurate with coherent foreign policy views that are distinct from conventionally... Read more
In a lively Crosscut Talks, 2020 Visions: Presidential Election Predictions and Projections debate, Professor Christopher Parker lends his views. A few points made by Prof. Parker: -- Donald Trump will win re-election unless Democrats get their act together. -- Democrats need to be more pragmatic and less idealist in order to... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and collaborator Nives Dolšak write about the American democracy and how the judiciary branch is starting to have more influence in policy creation, instead of just interpreting the law. Their key point was that asking the judiciary to mandate climate policies might have the unintended effect of concentrating policy making power in the judiciary, thereby affecting the long-term health of the US democracy. Examples of such situation is the ongoing issue between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California regulators concerning emissions in cars. The EPA... Read more
An article written by the University of Washington very own Department of Political Science professor, Anthony Gill, talks about the risks and dangers of making a policy that makes hikers pay for the cost of their rescue. In the article, he talks about how some hikers do not think about the risk that comes with hiking, like the decisions they make while hiking or how challenging the trail or mountain they are going on is. The main point in his article is that making hikers pay for emergency rescue has its good side and bad side. The good side is that hikers would really put into... Read more
Why haven't co-sponsors of the other environmental legislation signed on to the Green New Deal? Are Congress members avoiding it? Has it become political taboo? The Green New Deal (GND) puts forth an ambitious policy agenda. And that may be part of the problem for some legislators. The GND may be too radical for many with its inclusion of other issues like healthcare and social inequalities. The GND being sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could also be a problem for other representatives as associating with the GND would make it appear that they agree with her politics."... Read more
Donald Trump refusal to release his federal tax return to Congress was possible because of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from his administration stated that the basis that the request by Congress lacks a "legitimate legislative purpose" despite a statute passed in 1924 because of the Teapot Dome scandal, requiring the returns to be turned over after a request from the committee. Nevertheless, Congress could request his New York state tax return through Andrew Cuomo's administration, which it would be willing to do as its oversight responsibility. This is beneficial to Congress because... Read more
NGOs have emerged as important actors in global politics. They are often viewed as basic building blocks for democracy and economic growth. This course examines the role of NGOs at international, national and local levels. It provides groundwork approaches to understanding nonprofits, NGOs, and philanthropy. The emphasis is on how philanthropy, nonprofit, and NGO sectors operate, their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society, and converse effects of society and its institutions; and more importantly the policy-making process. We will explore various... Read more
Is America democratic? What is democracy? What do we do when different dimensions of democracy collide? Are there costs to democracy? This course will explore these questions through a combination of historical analysis, studying current events, thinking through and applying democratic theory, and analyzing empirical research. We will assess how democratic American institutions (Congress, Presidency, and the Courts) are, the components of democratic citizenship, and how civil rights and civil liberties influence state-citizen/ citizen-citizen interactions.... Read more