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    MPSA 2016 Working Groups

    Working Groups

    A working group is a conference within a conference. The coordinator of a working group decides on a theme and select a set of sessions that are related to that theme. The participants attend those sessions as a group and also meet outside of the sessions for additional discussion. 

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    77-700  Working Group: Restrictive Voting Laws in the U.S. States
    Overview:  To conduct and evaluate research on restrictive voting laws passed  since 2000.
    Organizer: Michael A. Smith, Emporia State University,
    If you wish to participate in this working group, please contact Michael at
                   Friday, April 8 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Luncheon at The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Avenue
                   Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Roundtable 27-100: The New Restrictive Voting Laws in the U.S. States: What We Know and What We Don't                                  

    77-701  Working Group:  Politics and Policymaking on Hazards and Disasters
    Overview:  This working group is designed to provide a forum for scholars interested in topics and themes related to hazards and disasters to meet and exchange ideas on current issues, theory and empirical work in this area.
    Organizer:  Brian J. Gerber, Arizona State University,
    Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm 

    77-702  Working Group: Cultural Theory
    Overview:  The Cultural Theory Working Group is an international gathering of scholars who use the political cultural theory developed by Mary Douglas, Aaron Wildavsky, and others to advance subfield understandings and explanations in political science.
    Organizer:  Brendon Swedlow, Northern Illinois University,
                   Saturday, April 9 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Panel 35-5: Cultural Theory and Survey Research
                   Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm,  Working Group Meeting                                          

    77-703  Working Group: Comparative Representative Bureaucracy
    Overview: TBA
    Organizer: Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University,
                   Friday, April 8 at 8:00 am – 9:30 am, Panel 60-1: Representative Bureaucracy I
                   Friday, April 8 at 9:45 am – 11:15 am, Panel 60-2: Representative Bureaucracy II
                   Friday, April 8 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Panel 60-3: Representative Bureaucracy III
                   Friday, April 8 at 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Panel 60-4: Representative Bureaucracy IV
                   Friday, April 8 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Panel 60-5: Representative Bureaucracy V
                   Saturday, April 9 at 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm, Working Group Meeting

    Updated 3/8/16