The PoliSci Newsletter
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get registered to vote in the upcoming election. There will be opportunities to volunteer, register, and listen in on an Election Candidates Forum. Learn all you need to know in the PSA Weekly Newsletter.
Jim Weatherby, professor for the Political Science Department, was quoted in an article published by Magic Valley titled “Idaho Poll: Trump far Ahead In Primary, Beating Clinton Head-to-Head”. Weatherby thinks this is due to a lot of peoples’ fascination with the Trump candidacy and “waiting to hear the next thing that may come out of his mouth”.
Original Sources: Jim Weatherby, The Update – 9/17/2015, Magic Valley Times-News, 9/9/2015
Brain Wampler, professor for the Political Science Department, was interviewed for an article published by East Bay Express titled “Creating a ‘People’s Budget'”. The article is in regards to a popular initiative that would “amend the Oakland City Charter to allow citizens to decide how the city spends taxpayer funds — a process known as participatory budgeting”. Dr. Wampler contributes that “Cities that have adopted participatory budgeting have seen a shift in funding priorities to underserved communities”.
Original sources: “Brian Wampler” (15) The Update – 9/17/2015, East Bay Express – 9/9/2015
Statistics regarding female representation in state politics was brought to light this week during the Third Annual Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership held at Boise State University. The panel moderated by Meredith Conroy “looked at some of the reasons for the lagging numbers, including the tendency of women to consider themselves unqualified to run for office, and the idea that parents may be less inclined to talk about politics and political ambitions with their daughters than with their sons” (Idaho Statesman). The conference will continue today, September 11th, in the Student Union Building.
Original Sources: Read about the Women and Leadership Conference in the Idaho Statesman – 9/10/2015
In a study conducted by Political Science Professors, Jaclyn Kettler and Justin Vaughn, of “nearly 5,000 appointments in Idaho” they discover that “men receive nominations to state and local boards and commissions twice as often as women”. Their research also found that “women are disproportionately appointed to boards traditionally classified as having ‘feminine’ functions”.
Original Sources: “Study Shows Men Nominated to Idaho Boards Twice as Often as Women” The Update – 9/10/15
Professor Emeritus Dick Kinney’s paper, “Making Progress in Idaho State Budgeting: The Sequel”, is featured in The California Journal of Politics and Policy’s most current issue. The paper presents Idaho’s current demographics, political tendencies, budgeting process and economy.
Original Source: Campus Update – 8/25/15, eScholarship – 2015
Gary Moncrief, Professor Emeritus for the Department of Political Science, conducted two workshops at a legislative leadership conference for Midwestern state legislators. The conference, The 21st Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, was held at the University of Wisconsin. “In addition to its focus on leadership training, such as conflict resolution and negotiation, BILLD includes policy sessions on issues such as education, corrections, health care and economic development, as well as seminars on media relations, priority management and consensus building”.
Original Source: Campus Update – 9/26/15
Greg Raymond, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department, recently gave two interviews to the Serbian daily newspaper Danas on U.S. and Russian foreign policies toward the Balkans.
Jaclyn Kettler, Assistant Professor, has received The Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for her dissertation, titled The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success. The Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award is a national award given by the American Political Science Association (APSA) State Politics and Policy Section for the best dissertation in American state politics and policy completed during the previous calendar year.
Dr. Kettler’s dissertation focuses on two major questions: How does the electoral organization of political parties vary across states? How does the position of candidates within the party affect their success? Dr. Kettler addresses these questions using social network analysis to study candidates’ relationships and the context around those relationships. She measures party networks with campaign finance transactions in seven states for the 2010 and 2012 state legislative elections. After a case study of Texas parties that establishes the validity of the approach, Dr. Kettler compares the structure of party networks across states. Although the party networks are relatively sparse in general, the results reveal that parties in states with competitive legislative chambers tend to be more connected. Finally, Dr. Kettler’s dissertation explores how the party structure influences candidates. By drawing upon Ronald S. Burt’s (1992, 2005) structural holes theory, she identifies influential actors and examines how their network position impacts their success in legislatures. She finds that influential candidates in the electoral party network are more likely to become a legislative leader in the following session, demonstrating an important link between electoral and legislative politics.
Assistant Professor Justin Vaughn was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report story about former presidents who parlay their time in office into millions through speeches, book deals, etc. Vaughn is an expert in the American presidency. Read the article, “Cashing In”, here.