Democratic Elections in America After Citizens United

A panel discussion

Wed, 03/10/2010
4:30 PM, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
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Rescheduled from February

In response to January's Supreme Court decision to roll back campaign finance restrictions, the Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled  "Democratic Elections in America After Citizens United" at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Panel discussants will include

  • John J. Dinan, William E. Simon Visiting Fellow, Princeton's James Madison Program
  • Paul Frymer, Acting Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Politics
  • David Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame and a 2009-2010 Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
  • Paul Starr, Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School , Department of Politics

Moderating the panel is Leslie Gerwin, Associate Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N.Cardozo School of Law.

John J. Dinan, James Madison Program William E. Simon Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on state constitutionalism, federalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including The American State Constitutional Tradition and Keeping the People’s Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights. For the past several years, he has edited the “Annual Review of American Federalism” issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and he writes an annual review of “State Constitutional Developments” for the Book of the States. He is currently working on a book assessing the role of the Supreme Court of the United States in the development of American federalism.

Paul Frymer is Associate Professor of Politics and for 2009-2010, the Acting Director of LAPA. He teaches and writes on topics in American law and politics, particularly as they intersect with issues of democratic representation, race and civil rights, and labor and employment. He is a former LAPA fellow (2004-2005), and prior to teaching at Princeton, he taught at both UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego.  He is the author of two books: Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America and Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party, both of which were published by Princeton University Press. He has also either authored or is currently writing about topics ranging from legal understandings of political parties to the racial politics of Hurricane Katrina and affirmative action to the role of law in the historical development of American territorial expansion.

David Nickerson is assistant professor of political Science at the University of Notre Dame.  He has published 14 scholarly articles and book chapters in his four years there, many of which report the results of field experiments focusing on electoral mobilization.  His work has received awards from the political psychology and political methodology sections of APSA and from Oxford University Press, among others.  He will be working on a book providing a theoretical framework for empirical research on voter engagement.

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. At Princeton he holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. He received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine and the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize for The Creation of the Media. His most recent book Freedom's Power, on the history and promise of liberalism, is now out in paperback. Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and both domestic and foreign policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. Published quarterly in its early years, the magazine now appears monthly in print as well as online. A short book by Professor Starr, The Logic of Health-Care Reform (1992, reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 1994) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance and managed competition. During 1993 he served as a senior advisor at the White House in the formulation of the Clinton health plan.


This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the James Madison Program.