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“Moving Beyond ‘Resistance’: The Significance of California’s Progressive Federalism”

Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside
Oct 10, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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California has been described variously as the “state of resistance,” "center of resistance,” and “heart of resistance" to the Trump administration. While these phrases certainly capture important truths about federalism conflict in the Untied States today, the simple narrative of “resistance” is misleading and ahistorical, failing to reflect of California’s strategic leadership over two decades on a range of policy issues. The time is ripe to embed California’s narrative of policy innovation within a larger framework of progressive federalism, with echoes from a century ago, reverberations through the present, and important implications for the future of American politics and policy. 

Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Ramakrishnan PhotoCalifornia, Riverside, and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation. He is also a Board Member of The California Endowment and Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which features demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He has published many articles and 6 books, including most recently, Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016) and The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has written dozens of op-eds and appeared in over 1,000 news stories. More information at


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