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Department of Political Science Presents

Responsive States: Federalism & Policy Feedback

3/19/18, 3:30 PM

About this event

Politicians and program administrators played a central role in early studies of policy feedback but have largely been superseded by a focus on mass publics. In his lecture to the American Politics Prosem, Professor Andrew Karch will attempt to revive and reorient the study of elite feedback effects by investigating, in the context of American federalism, whether and how national programs can influence the incentives and resources of state government officials. Karch will examine four case studies in which national officials adopted a new program and subsequently tried to alter it by diminishing the states' administrative role, reducing the financial resources available, or terminating the program. State-level actors emerged as critical stakeholders and strongly resisted national efforts to reform unemployment insurance and Medicaid, but neither the Sheppard-Towner Act nor general revenue sharing generated strong elite-level feedback effects. This variation suggests that timing (i.e., the political, economic, and administrative context), policy design (financial generosity, administrative discretion, duration of authorization, and coalition potential), and their interaction can prompt or discourage government elites to mobilize. 
Event Location
  • 1450 Social Science Building
  • 267 19th Ave. S. Ste. 1414
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA