Friday, February 20, 2015
Video of last month's conference, California Votes: A Postmortem on the 2014 Election , is now available online . The two-day conference featured more than 30 experts of all backgrounds and political beliefs who examined the day-to-day campaigns, the broader issues of the election, and the long-term questions facing the...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
On the afternoon of Thursday, January 29, 2015, IGS hosted its first Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series seminar of the semester, featuring Yale political science and business professor Paul Braken . Braken, author of The Second Nuclear Age (2011), spoke about international order in the post-Cold War “second...
Sean Freeder
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sean Freeder (MA '13) has been named the 2015 recipient of the David M. Howard Memorial Prize in American Politics. Sean attended the University of Washington before enrolling as a doctoral candidate in the UC Berkeley Political Science department. Sean’s dissertation research explores why certain policy preferences are...
Aaron Hall
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Congratulations to Aaron R. Hall , the 2015 recipient of the Fred Martin, Jr. American Political History award. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Aaron is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History. He is working on a dissertation titled: A Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Matsui Center and the Institute of Governmental Studies are offering five grants and fellowships for UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students during the Spring semester. Information on all five are below. Matsui Local Government Fellowship The Matsui Local Government Fellowship offers students the opportunity to...
Thomas E. Mann
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, will be joining the IGS staff as a permanent resident scholar in 2015. Mann is a renowned congressional scholar and former executive director of the American Political Science Association. His most recent book co-authored with Norman Ornstein, It’...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Will Republicans gain control of the Senate? And if they do, what are the consequences of having a Republican-controlled Congress? With those key questions, IGS Director Jack Citrin opened the discussion at " The Future of the Senate: Predicting Election-Day Outcomes " event on October 17. Gabriel Lenz (UC Berkeley,...
Peter Hart discusses the relevancy of health care in upcoming elections
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In the 2008 presidential contest, candidate Barack Obama made healthcare reform a cornerstone issue of his campaign, and as president — despite fierce partisan opposition — was able to sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) into law on March 23, 2010. Now in 2014, a year...
ballot box scotland
Monday, October 13, 2014
Just a week after voters rejected a highly contentious proposal to declare independence from the UK, the Anglo-American Studies Program at IGS hosted a half-day conference focusing on the Scottish Independence Referendum and the Future of the Multiethnic Nation State . (A brief video of conference highlights is available...
Matt Gonzalez discusses ranked-choice voting
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Oakland first introduced ranked-choice voting (RCV) in its 2010 mayoral election, which saw Jean Quan, a relative oustider, emerge as the winner -- despite heavily favored Don Perata leading by a sizable margin in the initial tally. As the 2014 election nears, incumbent Mayor Quan now faces a field of 14 challengers, all...

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