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Mayhew inaugurates political lecture series

Monday through Wednesday, March 9-11, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Robertson Hall

David Mayhew, the Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, will inaugurate the Princeton Lecture Series in Politics and Public Affairs with three talks at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 9-11, in Robertson Hall.

The new lecture series will feature outstanding scholars of American politics and policy speaking on topics of pressing concern for the United States. Mayhew's talks are:

  • "Congress and the Presidency: Dissonance in their Electoral Bases?" on March 9 in Dodds Auditorium;
  • "What Happens to White House Legislative Proposals?" on March 10 in Dodds Auditorium; and
  • "Reform as a Property of the System" on March 11 in 16 Robertson Hall.

Mayhew's research concerns U.S. legislative behavior, political parties and policymaking. His most recent book, "Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works" (2008), examines political parties, politicians, elections and policymaking to discover why public policy emerges in the shape that it does. His other works include "Party Loyalty Among Congressmen," "Congress: The Electoral Connection" and "Congressional Elections: The Case of the Vanishing Marginals."

The lecture series is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University Press and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. The talks will be compiled into book form and published by Princeton University Press.

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