Panel to discuss Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling, March 10
In response to January's Supreme Court decision to roll back campaign finance restrictions, the Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Democratic Elections in America After Citizens United" at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.
Panel discussants will include John Dinan, the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s James Madison Program; David Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame; and Paul Starr, the Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. Paul Frymer, Acting Director, 2009-2010, of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and Associate Professor at the Department of Politics at Princeton, will moderate the panel.
John Dinan’s research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including “The American State Constitutional Tradition” and “Keeping the People’s Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights.” For the past several years, he has edited the “Annual Review of American Federalism” issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and he writes an annual review of “State Constitutional Developments” for the Book of the States. He is currently working on a book assessing the role of the Supreme Court of the United States in the development of American federalism.
Nickerson specializes in political behavior and research methodology. His research primarily concerns how parties and organizations mobilize their supporters. He also utilizes field experiments to study how friends and neighbors influences one another's behaviors and beliefs. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, working on a book that provides a theoretical framework for empirical research on voter engagement. He has consulted for a number of partisan, non-partisan, and issue-based campaigns.
Paul Starr, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Social Transformation of American Medicine” is co-editor of The American Prospect, a liberal quarterly about politics, policy, and ideas that he founded with journalist Robert Kuttner and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. He is also author of “Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism” which examines what liberalism is about, how it has developed, and how it ought to be conceived and fought for. His previous book, “The Creation of the Media: The Political Origins of American Communications,” won the Goldsmith Book Prize. Starr has appeared before numerous congressional committees and on national TV news programs.
Paul Frymer teaches and writes on topics in American law and politics, particularly as they intersect with issues of democratic representation, race and civil rights, and labor and employment. He is a former LAPA fellow (2004-2005), and prior to teaching at Princeton, taught at both UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego. He is the author of two books: “Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America” and “Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party.” He has also either authored or is currently writing about topics ranging from legal understandings of political parties to the racial politics of Hurricane Katrina and affirmative action to the role of law in the historical development of American territorial expansion.
This event is co-sponsored b the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the James Madison Program. It is free and open to the public.