SCPI-VIII @ UCLA Program, Sept 26

The eight Southern California Comparative Political Science conference will hosted at UCLA on September 26, 2014 by Mike Thies A .pdf version of the program with parking information can be downloaded here: Program


There is no registration fee but as lunch will be provided, we do need a head count. Please register by sending an email to indicating whether you plan to attend by September 22.



Session I: 10:45-12:00

Melissa Rogers & Dong-wook Lee (CGU)
Comparing Inequalities: Regional and Interpersonal Income Disparity, Political Institutions, and Government Spending [.pdf]

Ben Nyblade  (UBC/Rand)
Leaders, Voters and Rent-Seeking Parties [.pdf]

Discussant: Kathleen Bawn (UCLA)

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Session II: 1:00-2:15

Devesh Tiwari  (UCSD)
Electoral Competition and Candidate Wealth in India [.pdf]

Don S. Lee  (UCSD)
Presidential Cabinet Formation as Leadership Strategy in Asia [.pdf]

Discussant: Mike Thies (UCLA)

Session III: 2:30-3:45

Geoff Allen and Heather Stoll (UCSB)
Representation as a Numbers Game: The Link Between Legislative Size and the Representation of Women and Minorities [.pdf]

David Fortunato (UCM)
The Popularity Bonus in Coalition Agenda Setting [.pdf]

Discussant:  Shaun Bowler  (UCR)

Session IV: 4:00-5:15

Shaun Bowler, Marc Debus, Thomas Bräuninger, Marc Debus & Indridi H. Indridason (UCR & University of Mannheim)
Let’s Just Agree to Disagree: Dispute Mechanisms in Coalition Agreements [.pdf]

Discussant: TBD (TBD)

The Future of SCPI: 5:15-5:30

Post-Conference Fun:  TBD.


Each session consists of two papers and runs for an hour and fifteen minutes. In order to leave ample room for discussion, paper presenters are asked to keep their presentations under 20 minutes. Discussants should limit their discussion to 10 minutes. Presenters are asked to provide the discussants with copies of their papers in a timely manner (the email addresses are embedded in this link): EMAIL THE DISCUSSANTS. Your papers will also be posted on the SCPI website unless you indicate a preference for it not being posted.


The conference will take place at University of California – Los Angeles in Bunche Hall 4357 (the Political Science Conference Room). Parking is in Lot 3 (NE corner of campus). From there, proceed south through the sculpture garden. A map of campus can be found here.

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