U.S. Politics Events
January 24, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) discuss the causes of the United States' education deficit and factors Congress should watch in the future.
The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: Strengthening America's Role in the 21st Century
December 16, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
The Department of State has made diplomacy and development key pillars of U.S. foreign policy. Panelists discussed the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and its implications for the FY 2011 budget and congressional foreign policy decision-making in the 112th Congress.
December 13, 2010 // 8:00am — 11:00am
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