David Mayhew to inaugurate politics lecture series, March 9 to 11
Department:Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will co-host the Princeton Lecture Series in Politics and Public Affairs which will launch with a set of three talks Monday through Wednesday March 9, 10, and 11 by David Mayhew, the Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. The Princeton Lecture Series features outstanding scholars of American politics and policy who will address topics of pressing concern for the United States.
Mayhew’s first talk on Monday, March 9 is titled, “Congress and the Presidency: Dissonance in their Electoral Bases?” and will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.
His talk on Tuesday, March 10 titled "What Happens to White House Legislative Proposals?" will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Mayhew will conclude his series on Wednesday, March 11 with a talk titled, “Reform as a Property of the System” which will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The series of talks will be compiled into book form and published by Princeton University Press (PUP).
Mayhew has been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a member of the American Political Science Association National Council, a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2000-2001, he was John M. Olin Visiting Professor in American Government at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research concerns U.S. legislative behavior, U.S. political parties, and U.S. policymaking.
His publications include, "Party Loyalty Among Congressmen, Congress: The Electoral Connection;" "Congressional Elections: The Case of the Vanishing Marginals;" "Placing Parties in American Politics;" "Divided We Govern;" "America's Congress: Actions in the Public Sphere, James Madison through Newt Gingrich;" and "Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre."
His most recent book, “Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works,” (2008) examines political parties, politicians, elections, and policymaking to discover why public policy emerges in the shape that it does. Mayhew looks at two centuries of policy making—from the Civil War and Reconstruction era through the Progressive era, the New Deal, the Great Society, the Reagan years, and the aspirations of the Clinton and Bush administrations—and offers his original insights on the ever-evolving American policy experience. The book is a compilation of fourteen essays, which were written over the past three decades. These writings, which include a new introductory essay, probe beneath the parties to the essentials of the U.S. constitutional system and the impulses and idiosyncrasies of history.
The Princeton Lecture Series in Politics and Public Affairs is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Princeton University Press and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. They are free and open to the public.