Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

China's grassroots politics is changing — and political scientist Melanie Manion has a front-row seat. The highly accomplished scholar of Chinese politics and the political economy of good governance is completing a book, Information for Autocrats: Representation in Chinese Local Congresses for Cambridge University Press.

Observers of U.S. politics and policymaking may often wonder about the roots the partisanship and contention that flare up. Dennis Dresang suggests in the spring La Follette Policy Report that the nation's practice of federalism, the arrangement by which the federal government shares the power to govern with the states, leads to many U.S. policy disputes.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:19

Students elect board members

The La Follette School Student Association has elected officers for the 2014-15 academic year.
A governing body of stakeholders that decides which surgeries Medicare should fund could help save money and improve health outcomes of people on Medicare, professor David L. Weimer suggests in an article in the most recent La Follette Policy Report.
2009 alum Allison Quatrini has won a David Boren Fellowship for language study and dissertation research in China.

Recent alum CP Frost discusses in a Scientific American blog the tension that can exist between politicians and scholars who seek government funding for research.

Friday, 04 January 2013 07:51

Professors: Election-day registration works

Wisconsin's law that lets voters register the same day they vote is a good one and should not be eliminated, professor Donald Moynihan and his co-authors argue in an opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the article …
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:43

Herd: American Community Survey essential

Sociologist Pamela Herd outlines the necessity of the annual American Community Survey to provide policymakers with good data in the Milwaukee Journal SentinelRead the article …

Rachel Polster is mapping her future. The international public affairs student is spending the summer in Ecuador on a community development project to increase resident participation in the governance of Ibarra, a city of 110,000 people.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:21

Policy symposium to explore Wisconsin Idea

La Follette School of Public Affairs faculty will link public policy to the Wisconsin Idea in an afternoon symposium on Thursday, April 26, in Memorial Union's Tripp Commons. The symposium, "The Wisconsin Idea at 100: Making the Link to Policy," starts at 11:45 a.m.
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