Panel discussion to address recent Bartels book "Unequal Democracy," April 14
Department:Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled “Unequal Democracy,” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. Panel discussants will include Jonathan Alter, columnist and senior editor of Newsweek magazine; Larry M. Bartels, the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics; Paul R. Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs at the School and New York Times columnist; and James A. Stimson, the Raymond Dawson Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nolan McCarty, acting dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, will moderate the panel.
Since 1991, Jonathan Alter has written a Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. Alter is also an originator and author of the magazine’s weekly “Conventional Wisdom Watch,” which measures and lampoons the news. He frequently interviews American presidents and other world leaders, regularly breaks news and has authored more than 50 Newsweek cover stories.
Larry Bartels’ primary interests are in electoral politics, public opinion, and the mass media. His first book, “Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice,” won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the year’s best book on government, politics, or international affairs. His most recent book “Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age” (Princeton University Press, Russell Sage Foundation, 2008), analyzes the political causes and consequences of America's growing income gap.
Paul Krugman is the author or editor of dozens of books and several hundred articles, primarily about international trade and international finance. Krugman is also a columnist for The New York Times and writes monthly columns for Fortune Magazine and Slate. His most recent book “The Conscience of a Liberal” (W. W. Norton, 2007), studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of economic and political inequality since the 1970s.
Nolan McCarty’s areas of interest include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political methodology. He is the recipient of the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution and the John M. Olin Fellowship in Political Economy. His most recent book, co-authored with Keith Poole of the University of California, San Diego, and Howard Rosenthal of New York University, “Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches,” is an analysis of how the increasing polarization of American politics has been accompanied and accelerated by greater income inequality, rising immigration, and other social and economic changes.
Political scientist James Stimson’s research has focused on decision-making, public opinion in America, how public opinion shapes American politics and the evolution of race and reconstruction of American politics. Stimson has authored numerous books and has won the Eulau and Kammerer Awards of the American Political Science Association, the Chastain Award Graduate of the Southern Political Science Association, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award of the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York system.
This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. It is free and open to the public.