TEAPAC FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST FORUM Making California Golden Again: Taking California into the 21st Century

Over the next ten months, we will be hosting presentations from policy experts to look at where we are, where we have been and where we need to go in California in the 21st Century.


Please Join us for a presentation by Dr. Roderick Kiewiet Professor of Political Science, California Institute of Technology January 6, 2017



"The New Fiscal Ice Age"  

We are so excited to announce our very special guest (and friend!) for our next speaker's breakfast.  On Friday, January 6, Dr. Roderick Kiewiet, Professor of Political Science at Caltech, will be our first speaker for 2017. He will discuss the current public employee pension crisis in California.  Event details and RSVP below.

Dr. Kiewiet received his Ph.D. from Yale University and began teaching at Caltech in 1979.  He served as Dean of Undergraduate Students from 1992 to 1996 and from 2011 to 2014, and as Dean of Graduate Studies from 2000 to 2002.

Dr. Kiewiet's areas of research are political science and political economy with a focus on American politics, public policy and public finance.

He has also been involved in the work of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.

He has written four books and dozens of articles, and has served on several editorial boards and executive councils. 


Dr. Kiewiet's research interests span a variety of topics in politics and public policy. Much of his work uses empirical analyses to better understand questions in formal political theory. His current research focuses on the level and distribution of public-school funding across the United States during the past 30 years, and on the fiscal challenges facing state and local governments.

He also maintains an interest in the role of quantitative analysis in the world of sports. During the 2013-14 academic year, he co-taught a freshman seminar called The Theory and Practice of Moneyball with Fred Claire, former general manager of the Dodgers.


Dr. Kiewiet was named a University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow in 2002. He received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association in 1992 and the Congressional Quarterly Press Award in 1986, which were both shared with Mathew D. McCubbins.


Dr. Kiewiet is the author of Macroeconomics and Micropolitics (1983), co-author of The Logic of Delegation (1991), Stealing the Initiative: The Response of State Government to Direct Democracy (2000), and Legislatures: Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies (2002). He has authored or co-authored articles on several subjects, including the effects of economic conditions upon voting behavior, congressional elections, legislative politics, Russian politics, ethnic politics in California, state and local government, the public employee pension crisis, public school finance, Arican political history, and tactical voting.

Papers which may be of interest . . . .  

"The Day after Tomorrow: The Politics of Public Employee Retirement Benefits." 2010. California Journal of Politics and Policy 2:1-30.  

 "State and Local Government: The New Fiscal Ice Age," with Mathew D. McCubbins. 2014. Annual Review of Political Science 17:1-17. 

"The Ecology of Tactical Voting in Britain." 2013. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, 23:86-110.    

"Rationality and Rationalistic Choice in the California Recall," with R. Michael Alvarez. 2009. British Journal of Political Science 39:267-90. 

"Voter Rationality and Democratic Government,"with Andrea Mattozzi. 2008. Critical Review 20:313-26. 

"Vote Trading in the First Federal Congress? James Madison and the Compromise of 1790." In Sam Kernell, (ed.), James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. 2003. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! We look forward to seeing you in the new year. The TEAPAC Team


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