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McGuire Published in Latin American Living Standards, Human Development Report

James McGuire, professor of government, is the author of “Mortality Decline in Chile, 1960-1995,” published in Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000, Cambridge, Mass: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2010; and “Political Factors and Health Outcomes: Insight from Argentina’s Provinces,” published in the United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2010, September 2010.

Gallarotti, Nelson on China’s Rising Power

Giulio Gallarotti

Michael Nelson

On a recent episode of WNPR’s Where We Live,’ Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, and Michael Nelson, assistant professor of government, discussed China’s rising national profile and the Western perceptions of Chinese power.

According to the WNPR broadcast, China reports a $20.8 billion trade surplus for December, $191 billion for the year and the world is cowering in fear of China’s rapid rise to power. Goldman Sachs predicts China’s and U.S. economies will be equivalent in size around 2027.

As a result, recent polls show that Americans think the U.S. is in a downward spiral and China is the new rising superpower.

At 30:10, Gallarotti says ““There’s a natural tendency for military operations to go along with economic expansion  … What you’ll find is that as China’s economic wings stretch, also its military wings will stretch … to show they have the capacity, the muscle to back up their claims and protect economic networks.”

At 44:15, Nelson says : “There’s a natural tendency for military operations to go along with economic expansion  … What you’ll find is that as China’s economic wings stretch, also its military wings will stretch … to show they have the capacity, the muscle to back up their claims and protect economic networks.”


McGuire Lectures on Politics, Wealth, Democracy in Latin America

James McGuire, professor of government, delivered four invited lectures in 2010. These include:

“Politics, Policy, and Mortality Decline in Chile: The Pinochet Paradox” on April 17 at Carleton College, Foro Latinoamericano;

“Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America” on Nov. 3 at Brown University, Center for Latin American Studies;

“Social Policies in Latin America: Characteristics and Consequences” on Nov. 11 at the University of California,

PTIR Internship Focuses on Undergrad Research

Wesleyan's Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) is a unique research effort that examines violent and non-violent uprisings. This past summer seven undergraduates participated in an intensive 10-week summer internship held by PTIR.

Hosting a symposium to discuss new research findings is a rather common event for universities today. However, the symposium “Rethinking Insurgency” held at Wesleyan this fall was unique in one important way: the vast bulk of research was done by undergraduates.

Their research was the final product of an intensive 10-week summer internship held under the auspices of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which is directed by Assistant Professor of Government Erica Chenoweth. Chenoweth says that undergraduates are often overlooked in many research institutions, but that Wesleyan’s tradition of embracing undergraduates as participants in active research helped create the internship.

Gallarotti’s Biography in Who’s Who in America

Giulio Gallarotti (Photo by Chion Wolf)

The biography of Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is published by the Marquis editors’ Who’s Who in America 2011.

The 2011 edition contains more than 96,000 biographies of the nation’s most noteworthy people in a single, comprehensive resource. The book is a biographical reference tool for networking, prospecting, fact-checking, and numerous other research purposes.

He also appeared in the 2010 Who’s Who.

Gallarotti Publishes Power Curse, Cosmopolitan Power

Book by Giulio Gallarotti

Book by Giulio Gallarotti

Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is the author of  The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010; and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism, published by Cambridge University Press, 2010.

McGuire Authors Book on Wealth, Democracy in East Asia, Latin America

Book by James McGuire

James McGuire, professor of government, professor of Latin American studies, is the author of Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America published by Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America finds that the public provision of basic health care and other inexpensive social services has reduced mortality rapidly even in tough economic circumstances, and that political democracy has contributed to the provision and utilization of such social services, in a wider range of ways than is sometimes recognized. These conclusions are based on case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as on cross-national comparisons involving these cases and others.

At Wesleyan, McGuire specializes in comparative politics with a regional focus on Latin America and East Asia and a topical focus on democracy and public health. He is the author of Peronism without Perón: Unions, Parties, and Democracy in Argentina and is a recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Wiliarty Authors Book on Politics of Gender in Germany

Book by Sarah Wiliarty.

Sarah Wiliarty, assistant professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is the author of  The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party, published by Cambridge University Press, September 2010.

This book develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has responded to changing demands from women over the past 40 years. Otto Kirchheimer’s classic study argues that when catch-all parties reach out to new constituencies, they are forced to decrease the involvement of membership to facilitate doctrinal flexibility. In a corporatist catch-all party, however, societal interests are represented within the party organization and policy making is the result of internal party negotiation. Through an investigation of CDU policy making in the issue areas of abortion policy, work-family policy, and participation policy, this book demonstrates that sometimes the CDU mobilizes rather than disempowers membership. An important lesson of this study is that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls.

Wiliarty also is the author of a book chapter titled, “How the Iron Curtain Helped Break Through the Glass Ceiling: Angela Merkel’s Campaigns in 2005 and 2009,” published in Rainbow Murray’s (ed.) Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: A Global Comparison of Women’s Campaigns for Executive Office. New York: Praeger.

Wesleyan Media Project Launched, Will Analyze Political Ads

Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, director, Wesleyan Media Project.

Wesleyan University is launching the Wesleyan Media Project, a non-partisan initiative designed to perform comprehensive tracking and analysis of federal and state political advertisements by candidates, parties and special interest groups. The project launches at the onset of a political election season poised to break advertising records.

Throughout the course of the 2010 election cycle, the Wesleyan Media Project will provide real-time, public information on the content and targeting of advertising in federal election campaigns across the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United decision, the Project will also provide systematic evidence on the extent of corporate and union spending. It will include details on which entities are doing the spending and which candidates are benefiting from these investments.

The data will include precise information, including the date, time, market, station and program on which each ad aired,

5 Questions With . . . Government’s Erika Franklin Fowler

Erika Franklin Fowler is assistant professor of government. (Photo by Emily Brackman '11)

The issue we ask “5 Questions” of Assistant Professor of Government Erika Franklin Fowler, the director of the newly-launched Wesleyan Media Project, a non-partisan initiative designed to perform comprehensive tracking and analysis of federal and state political advertisements by candidates, parties and special interest groups in every media market in the nation.

Q: What can you tell us about the Wesleyan Media Project?

A: The Wesleyan Media Project will provide nonpartisan, publicly-available, real-time tracking and analysis of all political ads aired on television across the U.S. during the 2010 election campaign. It’s a collaborative effort lead by me and two colleagues, Professor Mike Franz at Bowdoin College and Professor Travis Ridout at Washington State University, which builds on the technology provided by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG).

Rethinking Insurgency Symposium Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Rethinking Insurgency will be held at Allbritton 311 at 9:30a.m., 9-17

“Rethinking Insurgency” a Terrorism and Insurgency Research 2010 Symposium will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Allbritton Center, Room 311.

The program features a presentation of original research by Wesleyan students who served as Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PITR) Summer Interns:

Lo-Ching Chow ‘13
A. J. Hinds ‘12
Yvonne Lin ‘13
Evan Schnoll ‘11
Dan Tofan ‘11
Lydia Tomkiw ‘11

There will also be discussions by experts on terrorism and insurgencies and their impact regionally and globally. They include:

Matthew Furhmann, University of South Carolina
Jeff Goodwin, New York University
Jason Lyall, Yale University
Adria Lawrence, Yale University
Michael Nelson, Wesleyan University

The event is free and open to the public, and a coffee service is available.

“Rethinking Insurgency” is sponsored by the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research and the Center for the Study of Public Life.

Grant Supports Fowler’s Public Database Project

Erika Fowler, assistant professor of government, received a $25,000 grant from the Sunlight Foundation to develop a public database that tracks all advertising by source in the 2010 US Senate and US House Campaigns. The grant will be awarded through June 30, 2011.