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Oct
17
2018

Lecture- Rejecting Compromise: Legislators' Fear of Primary Voters

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: Wieboldt Hall North Entrance, Room 712, 339 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Christian   312.503.8836

Group: Master of Public Policy and Administration

Category: Academic

Description:

Please join us for an event as part of the Practical Policies: Real-world applications of policy theories with the Institute of Policy Research lecture series Dr. Laurel Harbidge-Yong will give a presentation titled "Rejecting Compromise: Legislators' Fear of Primary Voters".

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Complaints about gridlock in the policy-making process often assume that inaction is driven by rising polarization between the parties, and the accompanying lack of common ground among legislators. If only a compromise moved policy toward what a legislator wanted, he would vote for it. In co-authored research with Sarah Anderson and Daniel Butler, Laurel Harbridge-Yong explores whether legislators also reject these beneficial, half-loaf compromises. They find that not only do legislators often reject these types of compromises, but their perception that voters will punish them for comprising may exacerbate this behavior, and the gridlock that may result.

Sponsored by the MPPA Student Leadership Council.

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