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After the 2008 Elections: How Will They Govern?

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Moderator: David T. Ellwood (11 min.) is the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School. He joined the Kennedy School faculty in 1980 and has been serving as Dean since 2004. From 1993 to 1995, he was Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as cochair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare, he is a labor economist who also specializes in family change, low pay and unemployment. His most recent research focuses on the changing structure of American families. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including Welfare Realities: From Rhetoric to Reform (with Mary Jo Bane). His book Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1988. Recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Morris and the Edna Zale Award for Outstanding Distinction in Scholarship and Public Service from Stanford University, he has been named an honorary professor of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. A Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, he is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Joint Center for Poverty Research at Northwestern University/University of Chicago and serves on the Board of Abt Associates and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2000.
Speakers: Thomas E. Mann (14 min.) is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he served as Director of Governmental Studies from 1987 to 1999. Before that, he was executive director of the American Political Science Association. He has taught at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and American University; conducted polls for congressional candidates; worked as a consultant to IBM and the Public Broadcasting Service; chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies; and served as an expert witness in the constitutional defense of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad on American politics and public policy and is also a regular contributor to newspaper stories and television and radio programs on politics and governance. He is co-director with Norman Ornstein of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. His research focuses on American elections and political institutions. His initial work used the distinction between candidate recall and recognition to uncover amore consequential public opinion and a less stable environment in congressional elections. His more recent research involves campaign financing, in both an American and comparative context; the causes and consequences of the permanent campaign; and the future of Internet voting. Author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, he published (with Norman Ornstein) The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (revised in 2008). He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow and Charles E. Merriam Awards. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1993.
Norman J. Ornstein (18 min.) is Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News and writes a weekly column for Roll Call. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other major publications and has regularly appeared on ABC News Nightline, PBS’s Charlie Rose and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He was the first “pollster” for the Comedy Central network working with Al Franken in 1992 and was the first guest to appear twice on The Colbert Report. He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission and is also codirector, along with Thomas Mann, of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. His leadership in reforming the campaign financing system with a working group of scholars and practitioners helped shape the McCain-Feingold Act. He has served as amember of the Board of Directors of PBS and is currently on the boards of the Campaign Legal Center, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, and UCB, a Belgium-based biopharmaceutical company. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future and Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, both with Thomas Mann; and Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It, with John H. Makin. The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, also coauthored with Thomas Mann, was published in 2006. He received the American Political Science Association’s Goodnow Award in 2006 and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004.

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