Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Government

More than 20 public-sector employees attended the first Behavioral Insights for Government (BIG) lecture series sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Behavioral Research Insights through Experiments (BRITE) Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Gillian Tett, the U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, and Peter Hall, the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, will provide keynote presentations during “Europe in Crisis: The Future of the EU and Trans-Atlantic Relations” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Thursday, April 6.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd and three colleagues received funding from AARP’s Innovation Challenge to identify policy solutions for strengthening Social Security. Their proposal would create a new Minimum Benefit Plan (MBP) for low-income retirees that examines sufficiency of retirement income in lieu of calculating years of low earnings.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson shared his commitment to The Wisconsin Idea – the principle that the university is intricately tied to the state – in the most recent issue of Public Administration Review (PAR).

An overflow audience of more than 280 people asked a wide range of questions about the 2016 presidential election during a panel discussion November 15 sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Election Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and the University of Wisconsin–Madison welcomed 37 legislators from 11 states and three Canadian provinces for the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) in August. 

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission unanimously selected Brian Bell (MPA ’10) as its first administrator. Bell currently serves as a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren highlighted research by La Follette School Director Susan Yackee and UW-Madison doctoral student Simon Haeder in a recent essay on RegBlog, an online source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion based at the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. The essay provided several examples of corporate influence on government rule-making, also known as regulatory capture, including their study of the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

Is democracy in the United States and elsewhere still functioning to effectively provide good governance for its citizens? Two distinguished speakers will address this question during the La Follette School of Public Affairs’ spring symposium Thursday, April 21 at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

As trust in all levels of government continues to decline, the La Follette School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome former U.S. Rep. David Obey and three other Congressional experts to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, April 5.