U.S. Politics Events
November 15, 2010 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Former Congressman Robert Walker (R-Pa.), who, as a backbench Member, helped Newt Gingrich engineer the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, told a Wilson Center Congress Project seminar audience Nov. 15 that "the chief job of the minority party is to become the majority."
October 29, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Latin American Program
Luis Maira and Ernesto Calvo seek to explain the influence of U.S. neo-conservatives on right-wing political parties in Latin America.
Book Launch: Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism From the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond
October 20, 2010 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Martin and Susan Tolchin update the question they first raised in a 1971 work, examining how a string of Supreme Court rulings has affected the time-honored practices of rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies.
October 04, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
Is political patronage the dark underbelly of American politics, whose practitioners are fortunate to keep one step ahead of the sheriff? Or is it an essential ingredient of effective governance, rewarding and cementing loyalty while greasing the gears of government? The authors of a newly-released book discussed how political patronage is alive and well in the 21st century, though changed. It now includes the privatization of services, earmarks, and the expansion of hybrid agencies, with highly paid salaries for top executives.
September 28, 2010 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Co-Author William McKay, Former Clerk, UK House of Commons; Co-Author Charles W. Johnson, Former Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives; Commentator Walter J. Oleszek, Senior Specialist, Congressional Research Service; Moderator Don Wolfensberger, Director, The Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center
September 17, 2010 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Kevin O'Leary, Journalist and Political Scientist; William F. Connelly, Jr., Professor of Politics, Washington & Lee University; Gregory Koger, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami; Mickey Edwards, Vice President, Aspen Institute, and Former U.S. Representative (R-OK)
July 22, 2010 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Donald A. Ritchie, U.S. Senate Historian; Donald Wolfensberger Director, Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center
May 24, 2010 // 12:00pm — 5:00pm
Latin American Program
On May 24, 2010, the Latin American Program convened a two-panel conference on the status quo and future of U.S.-Cuban economic relations.
May 17, 2010 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Howard A. Schmidt, Assistant to President Barack Obama & White House Cybersecurity Coordinator; Deborah Parkinson, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs; Marcus H. Sachs, Verizon Communications, Director for National Security & Cyber Policy & former NSC Staff for Cyberspace Security ; Lt. Col. Forrest B. Hare, Staff, Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense
March 15, 2010 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.), Chairman, House Appropriations Committee (invited); Rep. Michael K. Simpson (R-Id.), Member, House Budget and Appropriations committees (invited); Carroll Doherty, Associate Director, Pew Research Center for People and the Press; Eric Pianin, Washington Editor, The Fiscal Times