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"Behind the Scenes in Ronald Reagan's White House"...

Matthew Beckmann, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of California, Irvine
May 14, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Behind the Scenes in Ronald Reagan’s White House
Matthew Beckmann

Associate Professor Political Science
University of California, Irvine

Matthew N. Beckmann is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Irvine, where he studies Washington politics, particularly those involving the White House. He is author of "Pushing the Agenda" (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which reveals the systematic strategies presidents employ to influence Congress and the factors that determine when those strategies work – or don’t. Beckmann's current book project (entitled "The Oval's Inner Circle") investigates how intensifying external pressures impact postwar presidents' internal decision-making. Specifically, by modeling presidents' central challenge as identifying optimal policy options under different political conditions, Beckmann shows how media pressures distort presidents' agenda, advisors, and accuracy. Predictions are tested against systematic records of presidents’ minute-by-minute activities for all presidents from Kennedy to Bush 41. Matthew N. Beckmann received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


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