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The Role of Special Interests in American Politics

Friday, May 8, 2015
12:00 AM
1110 Weill Hall

Day 1: Friday, May 8

8:00: Continental Breakfast (Great Hall)

8:30: Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45:  Panel 1 - Paradoxes of Power

  • Mark S. Mizruchi, "Individual Power, Collective Weakness: A Reconsideration of Dahl's Thesis"
  • Matt Grossman, Lee Drutman, and Timothy LaPira, "The Interest Group Top Tier: Why 'More Groups' Does Not Mean 'Less Clout'"
  • Discussant: Frank Baumgartner

10:00: Break

10:15: Panel 2 - Lobbying Congress

  • Beth Leech, "Subsidizing Agendas"
    Discussant: James Strickland
  • Lee Drutman, "How Lobbyists Perpetuate Lobbying"
    Discussant: Jesse Crosson
  • Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Dino P. Christenson, and Alison W. Craig, "Cue-Taking in Congress: Interest Group Signals from Dear Colleague Letters"
    Discussant: Geoff Lorenz

12:15: Lunch (Great Hall)

1:15: Panel 3 - Lobbying Beyond Congress

  • Charles M. Cameron and John M. de Figueiredo, "Information and Lobbying in the American States: Theory and Evidence"
    Discussant: Jake Haselswerdt
  • Simon Haeder and Susan Webb Yackee, "Lobbying the U.S. President's Office of Management and Budget"
    Discussant: Richard Anderson

2:30: Break

2:45: Panel 4 - Strategies of Effective Advocacy

  • Robert Van Houweling, "Political Pledges as Credible Committments"
    Discussant: Dan Carpenter
  • Edward Walker, "Social Media, Documentary Films, and Grassroots Advocacy: 'Gasland' and Anti-Fracking Campaigns, 2010-2013"
    Discussant: Zander Furnas
  • Adam Fremeth, Brian Kelleher Richter, and Brandon Schaufele, "Missing Money in Politics"
    Discussant: Rob Van Houweling

4:45: Conclusion of Day 1

Day 2: Saturday, May 9th

8:00: Continental Breakfast (Great Hall)

8:45: Panel 5 - Grass Roots Movements in Historical Perspective

  • Corrine M. McConnaughy, "Layers of Activism -- Women's Movements and Women in Movements Approaching the Twentieth Century"
  • Daniel Carpenter, "Recruitment by Petition: American Antislavery, French Protestantism, English Suppression"
    Discussant: Rob Mickey

10:00: Break

10:15: Panel 6 - Citizen Politics?

  • Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas, "Social Movements in a Polarized America"
    Discussant: Corrine McConnaughey
  • Rachel Best, "Disease Identity Politics and American Health Policy"
    Discussant: Denise Lillvis
  • Kay Lehman Schlozman, Philip Edward Jones, Hye Young You, Traci Burch, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady, "Organizations and the Democratic Representation of Interests: What Does it Mean When Those Organizations Have No Members?"
    Discussant: Rick Hall

12:15: Concluding Remarks

Organizer Contact Information:

Ashley Broas: 

Rick Hall: (734) 730-5404

Michael Heaney:

Geoff Lorenz:


Organized by Rick Hall, Michael Heaney, and Geoff Lorenz