The PoliSci Newsletter
Brian Wampler is in San Jose, Costa Rica, this week as part of an invited academic workshop, “Human Development and the Quality of Democracy in the Americas.” The workshop includes scholars from across the region.
The workshop marks the beginning of a multi-year project to better understand the interaction of social development and democratic processes. The workshop is being led by Max Cameron from the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Luke Fowler was interviewed by Wallethub for an article on Taxpayer ROI that was released today, March 28th, titled “2017’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI”. Fowler responded to questions such as “How can state and local governments use tax revenue more efficiently?” and “What’s the most common was local governments waste taxpayer dollars?” Fowler’s responses are listed in Q & A format alongside other Political Science and Public Policy experts. Read the full article on Taxpayer ROI here.
Dr. Brian Wampler went to Johannesburg, South Africa, over spring break to participate in a learning workshop hosted by Making All Voices Count. The conference brought researchers and NGOs from 10 different countries to discuss pathways for generating social change and the increasing role of technology.
Wampler is the head of a research project here at Boise State University about the diffusion and adaptation of participatory budgeting that is funded by Making All Voices Count. The project includes work in the Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique.
More information about the research project can be found at the Making All Voices Count Boise State site.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 3/28/2017
Lori Hausegger was recently featured in an Idaho “On Free Trade and Beer” about the importance of U.S./Canadian relations. She was also interviewed on an episode of “Building a Greener Idaho” on KRBX Radio Boise, which featured a poutine tasting with Canada’s consul general and the consulate’s political officer, after which the guests discussed Canada-U.S. relations and trade.
Dr. Brian Wampler gave an invited talk at the World Bank on March 6 titled “Participation, Trust and Tax Compliance in Brazil.” The work is being done in conjunction with Mike Touchton (University of Miami) and Tiago Peixto (World Bank).
Wampler also had a series of meetings at the World Bank with officials from the Governance, Tax and Social Accountability units. Touchton, Peixto and Wampler are working on a larger project involving better explanation involving tax compliance, tax morale, citizen participation and trust in developing world countries.
Brian Wampler was invited by the Philippine National Political Science Association to give a talk titled “Democracy at Work: Moving beyond elections to improve social well-being” on Feb. 23 at De La Salle University in Manila. The talk was based on a co-authored article that will be published this month in the American Political Science Review.
Origininating Sources: Boise State Update 2/27/2017
Brian Wampler was a guest of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, which organized a conference titled “Participatory Budgeting in Taiwan: A Dialogue from Within and Without.” Wampler gave a talk at the international conference, which was held in Taipei. Participatory budgeting was the subject of Wampler’s first book (published in 2007) and remains a continued area of research for him. In addition to the presentation, Wampler also was a member of the conference’s final round-table discussion. The conference was enriched by a visiting delegation of researchers and practitioners from mainland China. While in Taiwan, the visiting groups visited three cities where they learned about new participatory budgeting projects.
Originating Source: Boise State Update 2/21/2017
The Idaho State Board of Education has approved a new Global Studies undergraduate program at Boise State University. The global studies program in the School of Public Service will emphasize world language proficiency, global literacy and study abroad. The program will officially launch in fall 2017. School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook says, “The mission of the School of Public Service includes a regional, national and international focus, but we’ve been missing the international piece.” The Global Studies program serves to fill that gap. Read Boise State’s news update on the Global Studies program for more information.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update, SPS 2/17/2017
Dr. Gary Moncrief of the Department of Political Science was featured in a Boise State Public Radio report by Samantha Wright titled “The Power of Committee Chairs in the Idaho Statehouse.” In the feature Dr. Moncrief discussed the three types of lawmakers that make up state legislatures, particularly the power of committee chairs in the Idaho Statehouse. Read and listen to the feature here.
Professor Brian Wampler was interviewed for a story released by KBOI titled “BSU political professor on US, Mexico relations: ‘It’s an unprecedented turn'” about US, Mexico trade. The story discusses the United States’, and Idaho in particular, reliance on Mexico for sources of low-income labor and trade. View the full story on KBOI.