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Personally Speaking Presentation to Examine the Lawmaking Process

   October 19, 2018

The process of enacting laws is often compared with sausage-making in that a certain outcome is sought, but people do not want to see how it is reached. After a lengthy and contentious legislative process, people sometimes decide the outcome is unwanted after all.

UNC Charlotte political scientist Mary Layton Atkinson in her book, “...

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4 Steps to Smart Voting in the Upcoming Midterm Election

   October 19, 2018

“Voting is a social activity; it’s one thing we can all do as a society to make our voice heard,” said UNC Charlotte Political Science Professor Mary Jo Shepherd.

Check out what Dr. Shepherd says about preparing to vote at: https://...

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Ambassador of Finland to the United States Speaks at UNC Charlotte

   October 12, 2018

Dr. Cheryl Brown introduced Ms. Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, at the International Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Ambassador Kauppi discussed her perspective, as a Finnish citizen and diplomat, on transatlantic relations and answered questions from the audience. 

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Dr. Zach Mohr's book

   October 8, 2018

Who would pay $400 for a hammer or $800 for a coffee pot?  You probably wouldn’t, but people often bring up these cases as examples of the federal government wasting taxpayer money.  Despite the media reports on these outrageous items, the reality is that government does not actually pay that much for hammers or coffee pots.

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Dr. Justin Conrad speaks about his book

   October 5, 2018

Dr. Justin Conrad was invited by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to speak about his book, "Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict," on September 7, 2018.

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New Book: Campaign Finance Complexity: Before Campaigning Retain an Attorney

   September 20, 2018

A good read is Dr.

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2018 Convocation

   August 20, 2018

This fall, 101 new undergraduate students joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  After enjoying welcoming talks and the marching band at Student Convocation on August 20, our new students visited the department to gain first-hand information about the Department from administrators, faculty, staff, graduate students, and the...

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New Book Pulls the Curtain Back on Cities Hosting Political Conventions

   July 1, 2018

 A new book by Eric Heberlig and Suzanne Leland (University of North Carolina-Charlotte) and David Swindell (Arizona State University) examines the decisions by contemporary American cities to bid on and host one of the quadrennial major political party conventions. American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions examines the planning that goes into...

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Ken Godwin (1944-2018)

   April 17, 2018

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is sad to announce that Dr. Ken Godwin passed away on Sunday, April 15. From 2001 until he ended phased retirement in 2013, Dr. Godwin was the Marshall A. Rausch Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and over his career he published 12 books as...

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Conrad to Talk 'U.S. Global Engagement and the Military'

   February 22, 2018

Justin Conrad, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will discuss “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” as the final speaker of the 2018 Great Decisions Lecture Series. This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Charlotte International House, 1817 Central Ave., No. 215....

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