Conference Program – UCLA, September 16

The second Southern California Comparative Political Science conference will take place at UCLA on September 16, 2011. The most up to date version of the program maintained by the conveners can be found here.   A .pdf version of the program can be downloaded here: Program.


There is no registration fee but as lunch will be provided, a head count is needed. For dinner a table at a Westwood restaurant (Thai House in Westwood) will be reserved but the cost of dinner will not covered by the conference.  Please RSVP by sending an email to by September 9 indicating whether you plan to attend lunch and/or dinner.


Introductions: 10:30-10:45

Session I: 10:45-12:00

Heather Stoll  (UCSB)
Presidential Coattails: A Closer Look

Sebastián Garrido de Sierra Title (UCLA)
The Only Player in Town: A Formal Explanation of the Maintenance and Erosion of the Unity of a Dominant Party’s Elite

Discussant: Christian Grose  (USC)

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Session II: 1:00-1:45

Sebastián Saiegh (UCSD)
Ruling by Statute

Discussant: Melissa Rogers (Claremont)

Session III: 2:00-3:15

Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Vanderbilt), Michelle Elisa Zar  (Vanderbilt)
Political Party Responses to European Parliamentary Election Results

Kyung Joon Han  (Tennessee-Knoxville)
Party System and Party Behavior: The Impact of Extreme Right Parties on Mainstream Parties’ Issues

Discussant: Ben Nyblade (UBC)

Coffee: 3:30-4:45

Session IV: 3:30-4:45

Indridi Indridason  (UCR)
Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow? Rethinking Gamson’s Law

Tony Bertelli (USC)
Public Policy Investment: Risk and Return in British Politics

Discussant: Kathleen Bawn (UCLA)

Concluding Remarks. Plan for Next Meeting: 4:45-5:00

Dinner (Dutch Treat) at Thai House: 6:00


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: 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 be held in the History Dept conference room on the 6th floor (Bunche 6275)

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