2012 Claremont Conference

The fourth Southern California Comparative Political Science conference will take place at Claremont Graduate University on September 21, 2012. A pdf version of the program can be downloaded here: Program.


There is no registration fee but as refreshments will be provided, a head count is needed.   Please RSVP by sending an email to scpi_cgu@scpi.politicaldata.org by September 14 indicating whether you plan to attend lunch and/or dinner.


Introductions & Lunch : 11:30-12:30

Session I: 12:30-1:45

Emily Matthews Luxon  (UCSD)
How the Transparency of the Policy-making Process Shapes Interest Groups’ Rhetorical Strategies

Mike Thies  (UCLA)
Divided Parliaments and Lawmaking: Japan’s Twisted Diet

Discussant: Ben Nyblade  (UBC)

Break: 1:45-2:00

Session II: 2:00-3:15

Jennifer Merolla  (CGU)
Security Crises and Preferences over Parties and Leadership Styles in Latin America

Yun Wang  (UCR)
Dancing with the Devil: Empowering State-sponsored Social Organizations in the Authoritarian State

Discussant: Veronica Hoyo (CIDE)

Coffee: 3:15-3:30

Session III: 3:30-4:45

Mark Hallerberg  (Hertie School)
Do Particularistic Institutions Lead to Particularistic Policies? Evidence from Taxation in Latin America

Anjali Bohlken  (UBC)
Upward Accountability: Decentralization, Village Politicians and the Electoral Success of Parties in India

Discussant: Luciana Dar (UCR)

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

Post-conference party at Indridi’s: 5:30


Each session consists of two papers and runs for an hour and fourty-five 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 Drucker School at CGU in Burkle Hall Room 14. The Burkle Family Building is on the Drucker Way/Eleventh Street at Dartmouth (map).  Parking is available in a lot immediately north of the Burkle building (no parking permit required) and street parking is legal where not marked otherwise.

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