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Interpreting an Era of Partisan Volatility: The 2018 Elections in Context

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, 636 W. Call St., FSU campus

Following some of the most anticipated and contentious nationwide political races in many years, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents a guest scholar and prolific author who will offer his expertise to shed light on the 2018 midterm elections.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Byron Shafer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present “Interpreting an Era of Partisan Volatility: The 2018 Elections in Context” as part of the college’s Anderson-Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism.

Throughout his career, Shafer has taught and published widely on “big picture’ issues confronting our nation’s political system. These include reform politics, institutional change, policy divisions, structural influences, public opinion and strategic dilemmas of time.

He has written in collaboration with the late William Claggett, Ph.D., who retired from the FSU Department of Political Science in 2015.

Shafer is currently working on two monographs: “Widening Gyre: Social Structure and Policy Preference in the Transformation of the American Party System” and “Party Balance, Partisan Polarization, and Policy Conflict: American Politics 1932-2015.”

The lecture is free and open to all.