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Program Schedule

Thursday, February 28

7:00 - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception and Dinner at the residence of John Geer, 5037 High Valley Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
Hotel guests meet shuttle at drive through in front of Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt Hotel at 6:30 PM


Friday, March 1

9:00-9:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions - Flynn Auditorium - Vanderbilt Law School

9:15-10:30 AM

"The Beginnings of Representation in America: The Relationship between Representatives and Constituents in the Colonial Era"

Peverill Squire (Missouri)
Discussant: Wendy Schiller (Brown)


10:45-12:00 PM

"Women Don't Run? Gender Differences in Candidate Entry"

Jonathan Woon (Pittsburgh) & Kris Kanthak (Pittsburgh)
Discussant: Yanna Krupnikov (Northwestern)


12:00 PM

"From Lost to Found:  The Miller-Stokes Book Manuscript and its Implications for Democratic Theory"

Christopher Achen (Princeton)

2:00-3:15 PM

"The Legislative Median and Policymaking in Multiparty Governments"

Lanny Martin (Rice) & Georg Vanberg (North Carolina—Chapel Hill)
Discussant: Karen Jusko (Stanford)


3:30-5:00 PM "Representation in Context: Election Laws and Ideological Congruence between Citizens and Governments" (APSA Presidential Address)
G. Bingham Powell (Rochester)


5:45 PM Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos hosts dinner at the Vanderbilt University Residence - Cocktails 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00 p.m. Shuttles required. Pick up will be at the Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt Hotel and Kirkland Hall at 5:45 p.m.


Saturday, March 2

9:00-10:15 AM

"Has Joint Scaling Solved the Achen Objection to Miller and Stokes?"

Jeffrey Lewis & Chris Tausanovitch (UCLA)
Discussant: Joshua Clinton (Vanderbilt)

10:15-11:30 AM

"Rewarding Effort, Not Results: How Parties Own Issues Because of Their Priorities, Not Their Performance"

Patrick Egan (New York University)
Discussant: Gregory Koger (Miami)

11:45-1:00 PM "On the Representativeness of Primary Electorates"
John Sides (George Washington University) & Lynn Vavreck (UCLA)
Discussant: Shigeo Hirano (Columbia)


2:00-3:15 PM

"Candidates' Perception of Constituent Opinion: Evidence From the National Candidate Study"

David Broockman (California—Berkeley) & Christopher Skovron (Michigan)
Discussant: Nicholas Carnes (Duke)


3:30-5:00 PM Roundtable on Studying Representation
Robert Erikson (Columbia)
Jane Mansbridge (Harvard)
Bruce Oppenheimer (Vanderbilt)
Susan Stokes (Yale)
John Zaller (UCLA)


6:45 PM The Southern Steak And Oyster

Shuttles leave Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt Hotel and return at 9:15 PM

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4/12/17 - CSDI Working Paper 2017-5 titled "Political Inequality in Affluent Democracies: The Social Welfare Deficit." has been released. The paper is authored by Larry M. Bartels

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The Hill - 2/5/17-  Co- Director David Lewis argues "Reducing federal debt will require Trump to take a holistic approach."

The Conversation - 1/26/17 - Co-Director David Lewis discusses the Trump administration and its handling of the federal workforce in "Trump takes on federal workforce of 2.8 million that's showing signs of stress."

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Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 1/3/17 -  Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden ask "Does bipartisanship even work in today's polarized Congress? Yes."

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