Mark Hansen: Coming together or coming apart? America and the 2012 election

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Through March 20, 2012

Mar. 19

American politics today is polarized between Democrats and Republicans, between liberals and conservatives, as never before. Looking beyond the heated rhetoric, political scientist and Social Sciences Division dean Mark Hansen traced the extent and origins of America’s political divisions, analyzed the effect they will have on the 2012 elections and assessed the prospects for effective governance in the future.

One of the nation’s leading scholars of American politics and a Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor, Hansen has focused his research on interest groups, citizen activism, public opinion, public budgeting, and politicians’ inferences from the outcomes of elections.

In Jinan on March 19th, Hansen inaugurated the UChicago-Shanda American Culture Exchange Center, a joint effort between Shandong University and the University of Chicago, partially supported by the American Center for Educational Exchange.  Hansen spoke to an audience of 150-plus students and then met with professors in the Shandong Political Science Department.

Shandong University reported:


      在介绍2012美国大选的具体情况之前,马克•汉森教授首先通过具体的图表和数据向大家介绍了美国政治过程中的两极化趋向。通过讲解美国政府的具体结 构以及众议院和参议院的具体人员组成,他指出,美国两党的政治斗争一直存在,且两党的两极化现象也逐步显现。。。

         讲座结束后,政管学院院长葛荃、副院长王学玉和杨光与马克•汉森教授和芝加哥大学北京中心负责人进行了会谈。双方交流了各自学院的学科、人员、研究领域等 情况,表达了开展学术交流、学者访问、学生联合培养等方面的合作意向,并同意选派学者到对方学院进行短期或长期学术访问。

The March 20th talk in Beijing drew UChicago alumni, students from universities in the Haidian District and other friends of the Center in Beijing.