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incorrect and incomplete. We will have more to say about a potential
settlement of our dispute later today. Any assessment prior to that time
would be without substantiation and very likely wrong in important respects.
The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents
(St. Martin’s Press, 2012)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)
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Washington, DC 20001
Many Americans identify themselves as political independents who vote on the basis of issues and candidates, rather than party affiliation. Linda Killian argues that these independent and swing voters are “the centrist voters who decide elections and represent more voters than those at the conservative and liberal ends of the spectrum.” In 2010, self-identified independents swung sharply against the Obama administration and handed the House of Representatives to the Republicans. Nonetheless, given our polarized politics, it is no surprise that these independents, who are “fiscally conservative and socially tolerant,” as David Kirby also noted in his papers on “the libertarian vote,” might feel overlooked and ignored. How will independents affect the 2012 election? Please join us for an uncommon look at the American electorate.
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The Market for Law
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)
Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
11:30 AM (Luncheon to Follow)
Many people believe that the mainstream media favors liberal points of view. Studies of media bias, however, have found mixed results. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slants of media outlets. Utilizing these tools, he finds that all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias and that while some supposedly conservative outlets lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets. Equally important, Groseclose shows that the general leftward bias of the media affects the political views of Americans. Media bias matters in shaping elections and policymaking. Please join us to hear Professor Groseclose discuss his new book, a work that could not be more important as we enter a presidential election year.