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    MPSA 2015 Working Groups and Open Discussions

    Working Groups

    A working group is a conference within a conference. The coordinator(s) of a working group decide 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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    Working Group: Intraparty Organizational Structure Effect on Governability
    Friday, April 17 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    To participate, contact Moaz Rosenthal, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, at
    Overview: Coalition Politics, Intraparty, Party Politics - We examine how intra-party organizational considerations affect political strategies in democratic political systems in elections, coalition making and breaking and public policy.

    Working Group: Republican Women and the Feminization of the Grand Old Party   

    •       Thursday, April 16 11.30 am: (30-2) - Panel: The Laggard Status of Republican Women in American Politics
    •       Thursday, April 16 6 - 8 pm - Welcome Happy Hour at Pazzo’s Park & Grill (Game Lounge), 23 East Jackson Boulevard, a 4 min walk from the Palmer House.
    •       Saturday, April 18 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Working Lunch

    To participate, contact Malliga Och, University of Denver, at
    Overview: GOP, women and politics, Gender aimed at scholars of conservative parties and gender, we ask whether the feminization attempts of the GOP will open new avenues of research and how this development might redefine the traditional gender and politics framework.

    Open Discussions  

    Open Discussions are similar to “open spaces” sessions at conferences.  Unlike a roundtable where the presenters are all experts on the topic and make a structured presentation, with an open discussion, one person selects a topic and the attendees sign up to participate in the discussion that the organizer facilitates. For 2015, Open Discussion topics include:

    Open Discussion: Origin of U.S. Political Polarization and Congressional Gridlock 
    Overview: My book: Manheim: The Conflict Over Environmental Regulation…Springer 2009. Other ideas welcomed; let’s talk.
    Friday, April 17 6:30 pm - Berghoff German Restaurant (good strudel) 17 W. Adams
    To participate, contact Frank T. Manheim, George Mason University, at             

    Open Discussion: Promoting Undergraduate Research
    Thursday, April 16 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
    To participate, contact Martha Lizabeth Phelps, Alderson Broaddus University, at
    Overview: Publishing, teaching, undergraduate, research - We seek to further MPSA's commitment to undergraduate research by discussing avenues to get undergraduates involved in the research process and help undergraduates publish.

    Updated 3/11/15