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Morning Panel : Leadership and Effective Lawmaking in a Polarized Environment
00:00 (intro) Ryan Owens – Director of the Tommy Thompson Center
9:30 Alan Wiseman – Vanderbilt University
28:00 Laurel Harbridge-Yong – Northwestern University
45:20 Peter Barca – Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly
54:45 Mark Honadel – Fmr. Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly
Keynote Address : Charles Franklin – 2018 Midterms: What Changed?
Afternoon Panel : Leadership in Politicians and Parties
00:30 Aparna Mathur – Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
21:15 Richard Smith – University of Kentucky
40:55 Scott Coenen – Executive Director, Conservative Energy Forum
November 30, 2018
The Thompson Center hosted a free event featuring a number of academic luminaries currently involved in the research of leadership in contemporary American politics. The event was held in the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge and featured an excellent view of Lake Mendota!
The event focused on two general themes. The first theme was what skills tend to produce more effective public leaders and make for effective leadership. Alan Wiseman from Vanderbilt University (and co-director on the Center for Effective Lawmaking) presented his work on effective lawmaking. Laurel Harbridge-Yong from Northwestern discussed how policymakers can work in a polarized environment. Representative Peter Barca of the Wisconsin State assembly and former Representative Mark Honadel of the Wisconsin State assembly then gave insights from their personal experiences in running the state government.
The second theme focused on how political leaders can use and abuse their powers to motivate citizens. Good politicians can use envy and lies, for example, to win elections by pitting people against each other, but good leaders use their resources to lift everyone up. Richard Smith of Kentucky presented some of his analysis of envy in the political world. Aparna Mathur from the American Enterprise Institute then talked about perceptions of inequality and how it was viewed differently from person to person.
Additionally, the keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Charles Franklin, Director of the esteemed Marquette Law School Poll. Dr. Franklin discussed fascinating data from the Wisconsin midterms and the trends that appeared in Wisconsin’s various political races.
Click here to see the conference brochure and itinerary.