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Michael Wiseman, longtime APPAM member, passes away

APPAM mourns the loss of distinguished member Prof. Michael Wiseman, a Research Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Economics at the GW Institute of Public Policy.


Advances in Policy and Politics Conference 2015

April 6, 2015 02:08 PM

George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs recently held its 2015 conference Advances in Policy and Politics on April 3 at its Arlington, Virginia campus. The conference invited scholars from a wide range of academic fields and backgrounds to present innovative research to a diverse group of academic and professional attendees. Research paper submissions were solicited from academic departments that range from Public Policy, Political Science and Economics, to Education and Geography. Attendees included public policy scholars and practitioners from regional think-tanks.GMU

The conference started off with a welcome address from Mark J. Rozell, Acting Dean, and Professor of Public Policy, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University.

The conference sessions included fascinating papers presented by doctoral students from George Mason University, American University and the University of Chicago. Papers were critiqued by George Mason faculty serving as session discussants and then a 10 minute question and answer period was opened up to attendees.

Here are just some of the papers presented at the morning sessions:  

  • “Labor Supply Response to Price Level Shocks”, by Joy A. Buchanan, Department of Economics, George Mason University
  • “The Impact of Mandated Health Insurance on Employment by Small Business: Evidence from Massachusetts Reform”, by Kyung Min Lee, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University 
  • “Towards a New Paradigm in Entrepreneurial Microcredit: Modeling the Case of Kenya”, by Jeremiah Mitoko, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University

Discussant: Dr. Sita Nataraj Slavov, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

  • “Participatory Budgeting in the Dominican Republic: Implications for Agency, Democracy and Development”, by D., M. C. Vasquez
  • “Assessing the Influence of Public Opinion on Direct and Indirect Government Spending”, by Richard, S Flores, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Discussant: Dr. Bonnie Stabile, Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Attendees took a break and enjoyed a lunch and conversation with their fellow students and faculty members. 

After the Luncheon, Dr. Robert Adcock, George Washington University, Dr. Diana Kapiszewski, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University and Dr. Joseph Maxwell, Professor, Department of Education, George Mason University gave their unique perspectives on qualitative versus quantitative methods in policy research and passed along some words of advice to students as they conduct their research. 

The session, "Four Perspectives on Qualitative Methods” was co-sponsored by the Global Research Methods Forum, George Mason University  

The afternoon sessions did not disappoint. Here are just some of the papers presented:

  • “Using Words as Data to Analyze State Constitutional Change”, by Julia G. Rubicam, Department of Economics, George Mason University
  • “Strategy or Sincerity: Organizational Responses to Interagency Cooperation”, by Tiana E. Jackson, School of International Service, American University
  • “Public Private Partnerships: Analysis of the Use of Unsolicited Proposals”, by Yang (Chloe) Yang, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University

Discussant: Dr. Jessica Terman, Assistant Professor, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University

Click here for the conference list of papers and presenters.

The conference was a great opportunity for professionals and scholars in the policy research field to network, hear and discuss the latest up-to-date research.


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