Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Congress

A paper about the corporate tax base co-authored by Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) inspired the Iowa native to delve deeper into the issue of economic concentration in the United States. Further research prompted a return to his home state, where he launched a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives this summer.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren highlighted research by La Follette School Director Susan Yackee and UW-Madison doctoral student Simon Haeder in a recent essay on RegBlog, an online source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion based at the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. The essay provided several examples of corporate influence on government rule-making, also known as regulatory capture, including their study of the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

The day after state residents cast their ballots in April, writer in residence Jamelle Bouie will participate in a panel discussion on the UW-Madison campus about Wisconsin’s presidential primary election and the prospects for the general election in November.

As trust in all levels of government continues to decline, the La Follette School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome former U.S. Rep. David Obey and three other Congressional experts to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, April 5.