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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 1 • Issue 6 • June 2013

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Over the summer ISPS will be working on several initiatives we hope to roll out in September. I have been in London where I did a series of events about how to restore middle-class economic security and opportunity in a transformed global economy. And our newsletter will be taking a two-month hiatus, but check our website for news updates.  


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M. Bettinger on Mayhew

A. Goldzimer on Fixing  Ungovernability

R. Graybill on Finance Reform

E. Thomas on Thinking Socially

Event Honors David Mayhew


On May 29 and 30, the Center for the Study of American Politics hosted a two-day conference, "Representation & Governance: A Conference in Honor of David Mayhew," a celebration of the extraordinary scholarship of the Sterling Professor of Political Science. Alan Gerber, the Director of CSAP, and Eric Schickler (UC Berkeley) co-chaired the event. Former students and colleagues presented papers on Mayhew’s influence on American party politics. In the evening, a dinner was held at Woolsey Hall with Congressman David Price of N. Carolina giving the keynote.
Read a Q&A of Mayhew reflecting on his long career;
and "A Tribute to Mayhew" written by Matt Bettinger. 
See photo gallery of event here.

The 6th Annual CSAP Conference 


The Center for the Study of American Politics recently held its 6th Contemporary American Politics research conference, highlighting cutting edge scholarship in the area of American Politics being conducted by faculty from across the social sciences. The conference provides a forum for scholars to present and discuss theoretical and empirical work destined for publication in leading journals. Topics covered included the role of primaries in shaping party electoral strategies, the effects of partisan media on elected officials' behavior, and the role of legislator communication in shaping perceptions of legislator efficacy.  Participants came from 18 different universities for the 2-day event organized by Yale Political Science professors Alan Gerber and Greg Huber.

Jacob Hacker in London on "Predistribution"


Director of ISPS, Jacob Hacker, while in London gave a series of talks and interviews on "Predistribution" at the Policy Network/Institute for Government. In an article in The Guardian, he outlines the concept, which has been gaining momentum in the Labour Party.

BBC 4 introduces Hacker as, "the US thinker who coined the phrase [predistribution]." The Edward Stourton interview will air in the U.K. on Monday, June 17 at 8:30pm; 3:30pm US eastern time.
The New Statesman writes on predistribution as "the closest thing that Ed Miliband's Labour has to a coherent governing strategy."
And Chatham House extols the idea-making of several American intellectuals, including the concept of "predistribution" by Jacob Hacker.

Publications, Media and Mentions


Gerber, Huber and Hill on "The Effect of All-Mail Elections on Turnout," in Political Science Research and Methods.

Bullock, Gerber and Huber published a NBER working paper (No. 19080) titled, "Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs About Politics."

Ebonya Washington with E. Brunner (Georgia State) and S. Ross (UConn) on "Does Less Income Means Less Representation?" in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.  Data files available for this study. 

Data files available for Hyde and Marinov's "Which Elections Can Be Lost."

Jason Lyall blogs on the Changing Conflict in Afghanistan.

Summer at ISPS


Over the summer, some ISPS offices will be under construction, as our faculty grows and our programs expand.  We will keep you posted about our progress.

We are hard at work on several new initiatives over the summer months -- including inequality and health care policy -- and will have more details to share in September.

We have a new photo gallery of our most recent events.

Classes began for the Summer Institute of Bioethics, a 2-month-long intensive program. This year, Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is hosting 70 American and international undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about bioethics.

The newsletter will be taking a summer break -- but our website and twitter @ISPSYale will be busy all summer. Check early and often!

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