2010

  • 2010 Feb 10

    What Happens in Legislative Debates?

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    A Deliberative Analysis of Two Contrasting Examples
    André Bächtiger, University of Bern

    About the Seminar
    In this seminar, Professor Bächtiger provided an update of the Deliberative Quality Index applied to two controversial bills in the Swiss legislature, one eventually decided relatively consensually and the other by a close majority vote. His analysis revealed different sequences in deliberative style, with elements that run from the reasoned” to the competitive.”... Read more about What Happens in Legislative Debates?

  • 2010 Feb 03

    The Politics of Citizenship

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, 1st Floor Conference Room

    Marc Howard, Georgetown University

    About the Seminar
    In this seminar, Marc Howard addressed immigrant integration, one of the most critical challenges facing European countries today, the resolution of which will in large part depend on how foreigners can become citizens. Howard’s research shows that despite remarkable convergence in their economic, judicial, and social policies, the countries of the European Union still maintain very different definitions of citizenship. Howard’s argument focused on the politics of citizenship, showing in particular how anti-immigrant public opinion – when activated politically, usually by far right movements or public referenda – can block the liberalizing tendencies of political elites.... Read more about The Politics of Citizenship

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