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The Hidden Powers of American Governors

Thad Kousser, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
Feb 17, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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In his talk Dr. Kousser will discuss the findings from his new book co-authored with Justin Phillips of Columbia University. The book asks how governors overcome the challenge of possessing limited powers to make law but facing unlimited responsibility for the state of their states.  The book draws on interviews with governors and their top advisors, the strategic logic of game theory, and the quantitative analysis of a new, comprehensive dataset to uncover the often hidden powers of governors.

Thad Kousser is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.   His work has been published or forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review , the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly , and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization . He is a recipient of the UCSD Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award, the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, serves as co-editor of the journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly , and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. Kousser spent the 2009-2010 year at Stanford University working on California constitutional reform as a Visiting Association Professor at the Bill Lane Center for the American West and as a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and Robert Eckles Swain National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


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