Professor of Politics Martin I. Gilens, and Northwestern University's Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making Benjamin I. Page have produced an analysis of a thirty year period of federal policy-making which indicates that the amount of impact an individual has on that policy-making may rest primarily on that individual's financial backing. For more information, please see the Woodrow Wilson School's Press Release.
Professor Gary J. Bass has been awarded the University of Toronto's Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on foreign affairs for his book, "The Blood Telegram". Previous winners include Paul Collier, Ezra Vogel, Adam Hochschild, Steve Coll, Eric Hobsbawm, and Michael Ignatieff. http://www.utoronto.ca/munk/gelber/
Professor Leonard Wantchekon gave the keynote speech at the Annual Economic Development Conference at Oxford University (UK). The Title is "Education and Human Capital Externalities in Colonial Africa"
To watch a video of his speech, please see: http://fsmevents.com/csae/2014/session4/
For more information on the event and hosting organization, please see: http://blogs.csae.ox.ac.uk/2014/03/what-schooling-did-the-effect-of-education-on-the-educated-their-families-and-their-
Professor Joanne Gowa has received notice of her nomination to the post of vice president of the American Political Science Association 26-person governing council. Further information will be posted soon on the APSA website at http://www.apsanet.org/ and all nominations will be certified at the all-member business meeting in Washington D.C. on August 30. Current council members are listed here: http://www.apsanet.org/content_1877.cfm.
The complete list of nominees are:
Carles Boix and Frances Rosenbluth have a new article in the February issue of the American Political Science Reviewentitled "Bones of Contention: The Political Economy of Height Inequality". From the abstract:
"Human osteological data provide a rich, still-to-be-mined source of information about the distribution of nutrition and, by extension, the distribution of political power and economic wealth in societies of long ago. On the basis of data we have collected and analyzed on
Professor Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton Ph.D. Tom S. Clark, and Jason P. Kelly have a new article in the February American Political Science Review entitled, "Judicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions."
From the abstract:
"Most U.S. state supreme court justices face elections or reappointment by elected officials, and research suggests that judicial campaigns have come to resemble those for other offices. We develop predictions on how selection systems should affect judic