2019

  • 2019 Apr 04

    Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

    4:15pm to 6:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School

    The application for this study group has closed. 

    Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

    Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This reading group will...

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  • 2019 Apr 03

    Increasing the Value of Public Value

    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

    Join us for an Innovation Roundtable event with Timo Meynhardt, University of St. Gallen. Meynhardt will discuss Public Value: Deepening, Enriching, and Broadening the Theory and Practice, a new book he co-authors with Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations, HKS. Public Value is an edited volume that includes theoretical developments, analytic frameworks, and case studies advancing the use of public value concepts in practice among scholars and practitioners from Europe and around the world.

    Sanderijn Cels, Visiting Ash...

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  • 2019 Apr 02

    Tech and Democracy Workshop: Digital Voter Engagement 101

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Room 226

    Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit. This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill.

    Please note: The location of this event has changed from Wexner 436 to the Ash Center, Room 226, located at 124 Mt. Auburn, Suite 200N.

    This workshop will be led by Devin Murphy, an Ash Center...

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  • 2019 Apr 02

    Disaggregating “China, Inc” - Explaining the Rise of Chinese State Capitalism

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5, Harvard Kennedy School

    When China joined the WTO in 2001, conventional wisdom held that global trade rules would provide a credible commitment to liberalization. While significant reforms did take place, scholars soon pointed to the emergence of a Chinese “state capitalism”. Why did the expansion of market-oriented institutions after WTO entry fail to constrain the subsequent rise of more interventionist developmental policies? What explains the timing of these non-linear policy trajectories? This analysis disaggregates the Chinese central state and unpacks the divergent strategies adopted by competing agencies in response to WTO entry.

    Yeling Tan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, will explain why the timing of this divergence turns on the durability of WTO commitments and the political relationship between China’s party and its state. She will argue that what emerged was an intensified dualism in Chinese economic governance, with intensified market competition promoted by one set of central agencies, yet a more consolidated industrial policy promoted by rival agencies. Tony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. ... Read more about Disaggregating “China, Inc” - Explaining the Rise of Chinese State Capitalism

  • 2019 Mar 29

    Ash Community Speaker Series -- The Politics of Visibility: Local Elections and Democratic Representation in Brazil

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

    Do local elections promote responsive governance in the global south? In this talk, Peter Johannessen, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2018-2020, will draw on evidence from Brazil to illustrate how local elections can undermine policy responsiveness in highly decentralized contexts. He will demonstrate that voters can unwittingly push mayors to prioritize highly visible infrastructure projects at the expense of less visible – but potentially more effective – policies.

     Lunch will be served.  

    The Ash...

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  • 2019 Mar 28

    Will Xi Jinping be successful?

    11:45am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join the Ash Center and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government for a seminar featuring William H. Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow.

    Xi Jinping came to power tasked with resolving formidable economic and political challenges from an increasingly complex society. The leadership chose an economic strategy of “market allocation of resources,” a political strategy of centralization and repression. Do conflicts between the economic and political strategies threaten a new “lost decade?”  William H. Overholt has been a Senior...

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  • 2019 Mar 26

    Study Group: Democracy Reform

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Room 106, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 100N

    Join us for the fourth session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. Voter suppression played a major role in the 2018 elections, and promises to continue to be sharply contested terrain in the elections of 2020. What’s the latest on the issue, and the strong efforts fighting back against attempts to limit the vote? This session will feature Brenda Wright, Senior Legal Advisor, Demos, and Allegra Chapman, a leading voting rights lawyer, previously of Common Cause and...

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  • 2019 Mar 25

    Study Group: Putting the Public Back in Government Session 1

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn St. Suite 100N, Room 106

    CrowdLaw for Congress: Strategies for 21st Century Lawmaking

    Join Ash Center Democracy Fellow Victoria Alsina for the first session of her three-part spring semester 2019 study group Putting the Public Back in Government. In this first session, participants will explore how legislatures are and should be using technology to engage with the public to improve lawmaking’s quality and legitimacy. Alsina will showcase practical strategies to engage the public at each one of four stages of the legislative process: defining the problem, developing...

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  • 2019 Mar 15

    Study Group with Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    L-163, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for the second session of a three-part spring semester 2019 study group on issues facing America’s cities. This study group session will focus on ethics, integrity, and transparency and will draw on Mayor Nutter's experience working to root out corruption in Philadelphia. Email daniel_harsha@hks.harvard.edu for more information.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Registration is not required, and space will be available on a first come, first served...

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