Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science at UW–Madison along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are hosting a series of Real Town Hall events in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.  

Professor emeritus Karen Holden comments on policy changes for secure retirements on a web site published by a credit card company.
About 65 people gathered March 1 to participate in the La Follette School Student Association's "Hunger Meal" that raised money and awareness to combat food and income inequality. Read more in La Flog …
Professor Tim Smeeding has joined other economists in praising the Census Bureau's release of poverty numbers based on an alternative measure.
The public policy implications of Wisconsin's budget legislation were explored at a La Follette School forum. Three La Follette School faculty members joined a political scientist, an alum practitioner and the university's director of state relations in commenting.

A desire to fight poverty by improving public policy brings Hope Harvey to the La Follette School. She finds that the Master of Public Affairs program is teaching her the quantitative methods she needs to strengthen her understanding of the theoretical aspects of poverty and policies formed to alleviate it.

The 1989 grad is back in the public sector after an eight-year stint in the private sector leading the Future of Child Welfare Initiative as a senior policy advisor to the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. He started in the position in June 2010.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:49

New book explores welfare state

A new book co-authored by a La Follette School professor explores the role of the welfare state in the overall wealth and well-being of nations and, in particular, looks at the American welfare state in comparison with other developed nations in Europe and elsewhere.
What works in work-first welfare programs is the subject of a talk to be given by Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development executive assistant Andy Feldman at the La Follette School Seminar, on Tuesday, February 9, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.
"Single Mothers, Minimum Wages and Welfare Participation" will be discussed at the Tuesday, December 1, La Follette School Seminar at 12:15 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
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