Written by: Matt Grossmann
Primary Source : Michigan Policy Wonk Blog, April 18, 2016
Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon (link is external)).
- In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues (link is external). State of the State Survey Director Charles Ballard comments on mismatch between worker skills and employer needs.
- Immigrant talent pool can fill the needs of metro Detroit (link is external). Michigan Political Leadership Program Co-director Steve Tobocman appeared in Other Voices section of Crain’s Detroit Business.
- Study links gang membership and depression (link is external). Chris Melde, IPPSR Affiliated Faculty member, released a study about gangs and mental health.
- EM law needs revamping. (link is external) Faculty Affiliate Eric Scorsone cited in Detroit News editorial about Emergency Manager law.
- Cross-Border Trucking. (link is external) Bill Anderson, director of the Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor, talks about the cost of trucking goods across the U.S.-Canadian border. He’s a featured speaker at IPPSR’s April 20 Public Policy Forum.
- MIBRFSS Surveillance Brief (link is external). Michigan’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a project conducted by IPPSR’s Office for Survey research, released its April surveillance brief.
- Kasich the Kingmaker. (link is external) IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann op-ed in the Detroit News on good news for Donald Trump at the Michigan Republican convention.
- Oligarchs and demagogues, as America teeters (link is external). Phil Power, a 2014 Legislative Leadership Program speaker, comments on the state of American democracy.
- State Capitol interns nominated for internship honors. IPPSR and James Madison College celebrate 14 nominees for the Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Internship Award.
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Matt Grossmann serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. His research spans national and state policymaking, election campaigns, interest groups, and political parties. His current work explores key differences between major political parties and economic inequality in policy influence. He is the author of Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012. He is author of numerous journal articles on such topics as policy change, political party networks, the legislative process and public opinion. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research and other publications. He also writes for blogs and popular media. His roots are also deep in practical politics, especially in candidate training, policy and survey research. His experience includes work at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Center for Voting and Democracy and the Center for Democracy and Technology. A member of MSU’s faculty since 2007, he is founder and director of the Michigan Policy Network and served as liaison to MSU’s Washington Semester Program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, his master’s in political science in 2002 and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. He became IPPSR director in January 2016.
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