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  • Thomas Mann

    GOP Most Responsible for Political Dysfunction

    Top scholars from around the United States examined political polarization from a variety of perspectives at a recent conference on "American Gridlock: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences of Polarization."
    May 14, 2014

  • Despite the negative stereotypes, American University professors and students explain the merits of lobbying.

    The “L” Word

    Despite the negative stereotypes, AU professors and students explain the merits of lobbying.
    April 4, 2014

  • Lobbying Reform Conference on March 17

    Conference to Tackle Lobbying, Ethics Reform in U.S., Europe

    Participants include former White House counsel Robert Bauer, who will discuss the success and failures of the Obama administration in implementing reform.
    March 5, 2014

  • SPA Gives Low Down on the Shutdown

    The SPA community sought to better understand the recent 16-day government shutdown in a number of ways, from watching the Senate debates in person, hosting experts to debate the issues, and helping drive the conversation in the media.
    October 17, 2013

  • Photo by Andreas Praefcke, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dallas_skyline_and_suburbs.jpg

    Exploring Seismic Shifts in U.S. Communities

    New SPA research project outlines how upheaval at the local level is dramatically changing the U.S. Rapid changes in technology and economics are redefining the social, political, and cultural fault lines of the nation.
    September 16, 2013

  • 5 Things to Watch for in State of the Union Speech

    AU experts analyze issues facing the nation and discuss areas that President Obama should be focusing on in his speech.
    February 10, 2013