Past Events

  • 2009 Nov 12

    Tricky Transfer: On the (Im)possibility of Replicating Government Innovations

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Jorrit de Jong, Senior Lecturer in Public Management, VU University, Amsterdam and Visiting Research Fellow, Ash Center

    About the Seminar
    One of the challenges in the public sector is to benefit from other peoples innovations. Why reinvent the wheel? Unfortunately, replicating public sector innovations is not easy: sometimes differences seem to outnumber similarities between organizations and contexts.

    Please join us as Jorrit de Jong discusses how using a management simulation can help to develop analytical and practical innovation transfer skills. Based on experiences with groups of managers from around the world, he will discuss mechanisms that impede successful transfers as well as strategies that help create success.... Read more about Tricky Transfer: On the (Im)possibility of Replicating Government Innovations

  • 2009 Nov 05

    Health Care for All: A Discussion with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Connector

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Rosemarie Day, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

    About the Seminar
    As the United States explores ways to expand access and reduce costs to health care, Massachusetts is a key focus of the national debate. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is the independent state authority that is charged with increasing the pool of citizens with health insurance in Massachusetts, a central mandate of the states health reform law of 2006 requiring that all Massachusetts adults must purchase health insurance if they can afford it. The Connector is a public-private hybrid entity that combines funding from both government and private insurance agencies to operate.... Read more about Health Care for All: A Discussion with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Connector

  • 2009 Nov 02

    Harnessing the Diaspora

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    The Political Economy of Expatriate Dual Citizenship

    David Leblang, University of Virginia

    About the Seminar
    Professor David Leblang will discuss the causes and consequences of dual citizenship rights as they apply to expatriates. Arguing that migrant networks provide sending/home countries with access to global capital pools, he will demonstrate that the provision of dual citizenship helps home countries harness the financial and human capital of their diasporas. His seminar will assess the implications by examining the linkage between migration, dual citizenship and flows of foreign economic aid, portfolio investment, and remittances. He will also provide some evidence that dual citizenship increases the likelihood that migrants will express an intention to return to their home country and will discuss the rise in national policies providing for dual citizenship rights.... Read more about Harnessing the Diaspora

  • 2009 Oct 28

    Why Is There No Arab Democracy?

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute

    About the Seminar
    Why is there not a single democracy in the Arab world today, when every other region has a significant number of democracies? This seminar examines possible cultural, historical, economic, political, institutional, and geostrategic explanations for the democracy deficit in the Arab world. Rejecting some of these possible explanations and affirming others, it also considers what factors might foster transitions to constitutional democracy in the Arab world.... Read more about Why Is There No Arab Democracy?

  • 2009 Oct 22

    Spreading Innovation: Innovation as Narrative

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Sandford Borins, University of Toronto

    About the Seminar
    Please join us as Sandford Borins shows how concepts from the study of narrative can be used to analyze public management innovations, based on the 2008 and 2009 finalists of the Innovations in American Government Awards. He will also discuss how narratives can facilitate the diffusion and replication of innovations, and provide a brief introduction to approaches to the diffusion of innovation to be discussed in upcoming seminars.... Read more about Spreading Innovation: Innovation as Narrative

  • 2009 Oct 21

    Dignity Through Discourse

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Poverty and the Culture of Deliberation in Indian Village Democracies

    Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

    About the Seminar
    In this seminar, Vijayendra (Biju) Rao will examine transcripts of village meetings (gram sabhas) in South India, to demonstrate how boundaries of caste and status are breached within them, and definitions of poverty and beneficiary selection understood and interrogated. The session will outline how discursive skills and civic agency are acquired and deployed by the poor in a quest for dignity.... Read more about Dignity Through Discourse

  • 2009 Oct 14

    Harnessing Politics to Fix Politics

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Heather Gerken, Yale Law School

    About the Seminar
    At this seminar, Professor Heather Gerken will call for an institutional turn in elections scholarship. While scholars of elections have long been preoccupied with the problem of political self-interest, they have focused too narrowly in identifying the problem and failed to think broadly enough about potential solutions. Professor Gerken will describe what this shift in emphasis would involve, charting new paths for future research. Specifically, she will discuss a set of institutional interventions and new political structures that would align leadership incentives properly with the public interest while promoting democratic participation and engagement with the central questions of election reform. While the projects and methodologies she describes will be eclectic, her arguments will be united by a single theme: we need to harness politics to fix politics.... Read more about Harnessing Politics to Fix Politics

  • 2009 Oct 08

    Creating a Culture that Promotes Innovation and Implementing Innovative Ideas

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Jonathan Walters, Governing

    About the Seminar
    Please join us as Governing magazines Jonathan Walters delivers remarks on creating a culture of innovation in government organizations. Drawing from the study of innovative government programs for over 20 years, this seminar will look at key drivers of innovation and characteristics of innovative public sector organizations. A light dinner will be served.... Read more about Creating a Culture that Promotes Innovation and Implementing Innovative Ideas

  • 2009 Oct 05

    The Art of Not Being Governed

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    James Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Sciences, Yale University

    About the Seminar
    Why would people choose to remain stateless? For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia – a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries – have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them – slavery, conscription, taxes, corvée labor, epidemics, and warfare. The story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination challenges our views on Asian politics, history, demographics, and even basic ideas about what constitutes civilization, and confronts us with a radically different approach to history that presents events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of internal colonialism.” This new perspective requires a fundamental reevaluation of the civilizational narratives of the lowland states and is applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, be they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-Bushmen.... Read more about The Art of Not Being Governed

  • 2009 Sep 30

    Democracy Promotion Under Obama: The Complexities of Reengagement

    (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment

    About the Seminar
    Among the many foreign policy challenges President Obama inherited from his predecessor, restoring the credibility of U.S. democracy promotion is one of the most complex. What have the new president and his foreign policy team done so far on this front? What opportunities exist for U.S. democracy promotion in a world where democratic retreat is as common as democratic advance? Can a new line on democracy be reconciled with the broader Obama policy of diplomatic reengagement, which entails reaching out to undemocratic regimes, like those in Russia and Iran?... Read more about Democracy Promotion Under Obama: The Complexities of Reengagement

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