Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Governance

State Rep. Gordon Hintz (MPA ’01) began his duties as Assembly minority leader October 1. Hintz, a state lawmaker from Oshkosh, was elected by his colleagues to replace Rep. Peter Barca (MA ’83), who resigned.

The Behavioral Insights in Government (BIG) series continues this fall with presentations by Robert Dur of Erasmus School of Economics, Netherlands, and Eileen Chou of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Keynote speakers Peter Hall of Harvard University and Gillian Tett of the Financial Times offered insights into the future of European integration and the political climate in the United States and abroad at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on April 6.

Whether social media can be an effective tool for governments to increase access for lower income and less-educated citizens will be discussed in a webinar on Wednesday, September 16, featuring La Follette School professor Donald Moynihan.

An article co-authored by Don Moynihan on the effects of election laws to make voting more convenient and increase turnout has received a national award.

How temporary governments formed through negotiated settlements between opponents with the intent to end or forestall conflict end up dissolving is the topic of a new study from the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee and Professor Pamela Herd are among the College of Letters and Science faculty featured in a special section of the March 22 Wisconsin State Journal.

The indicator that measures how well a country controls corruption does not respond uniformly to corruption-related events, La Follette School students find in an analysis prepared for the U.S. foreign assistance agency Millennium Challenge Corporation.

China's grassroots politics is changing — and political scientist Melanie Manion has a front-row seat. The highly accomplished scholar of Chinese politics and the political economy of good governance is completing a book, Information for Autocrats: Representation in Chinese Local Congresses for Cambridge University Press.

Observers of U.S. politics and policymaking may often wonder about the roots the partisanship and contention that flare up. Dennis Dresang suggests in the spring La Follette Policy Report that the nation's practice of federalism, the arrangement by which the federal government shares the power to govern with the states, leads to many U.S. policy disputes.
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