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Department of Political Science

University of Mississippi

Fourth Annual Conference on State Politics and Policy

Laboratories of Democracy: Public Policy in the American States

Cohosted by State Politics and Policy Quarterly and the Kent State University Department of Political Science

in conjunction with “Life with Term Limits” Confernce

Hosted by the Ray Bliss Institute, University of Akron

Two great conferences, one exciting weekend!

Friday, April 30, 2004

6:30-8:00 AM: Breakfast at the Hotel, Dining Room

8:00-8:15 AM: Registration and Greeting, Lobby

8:15 – 10:00 AM, Falls Library
Discussant: Chris Mooney
, University of Illinois, Springfield

Democratic Laboratories: The Politics of Innovation in the American States
Andrew Karch, University of Texas at Austin

The Return of the States: Abortion Policy in the Post-Roe Period
John Camobreco, Christopher Newport University
Michelle Barnello, Christopher Newport University

Lateral, Top-Down, or Bottom-Up Policy Diffusion? Comparing Tobacco Control in the United States, Canada, and Australia
Donley Studlar, West Virginia University

The Diffusion of Antismoking Policies among States and Localities
Craig Volden, Ohio State University
Chuck Shipan, University of Iowa

Ignoring the Laboratories of Democracy: Congressional Inattention to Lessons of State-Government Constitutional Reform Efforts
John Nugent, Connecticut College

8:15-10:00 AM, Summit Room
Discussant: John Green, University of Akron

Florida Case Study: The Changing Face of the Florida Legislature?
Scott Schraufngel, University of Central Florida

Michigan Case Study: Political, Institutional and Individual Effects?
Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Wayne State University
Charles Elder, Wayne State University
Lyke Thompson, Wayne State University
Richard Elling, Wayne State University
John Strate, Wayne State University

Missouri Case Study: Assessing the Impact of Term Limits?
Lilliard Richardson, University of Missouri

Term Limits, Campaign Contributions, and the Distribution of Power in State Legislatures
Ray LaRaja, University of Massachusetts
Dorie Apollonio, University of California, San Francisco

The Problem of Last-Term Shirking
Renee Van Vechten, University of California, San Diego

10:00-10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM -12:00 PM, Falls Library
Discussant: Elisabeth Gerber
, University of Michigan

Turning On and Turning Out: Assessing the Indirect Effects of Ballot Measures
Todd Donovan, Western Washington University
Daniel Smith, University of Florida

Turning Out to Turn Him Out or Can We See a Sea Change
Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego

Institutional Change: When Will Communities Make Attempts to Alter Local Government Structures?
Shaun Bowler, University of CA, Riverside
Martin Johnson, University of CA, Riverside
Max Neiman
, University of CA, Riverside

Organized Interests and Direct Democracy in the States
Robert Alexander, Ohio Northern University
Anthony Nownes, University of Tennessee

Testing Formal Models of Direct Democracy
Anthony Bertelli
, Texas A&M University
Lilliard Richardson, University of Missouri

10:15 AM-12:00 PM, Summit Room
Discussant: David Rausch
, West Texas A&M

The Impact of Sate Term Limits on Congressional Challengers
William Bianco, Penn State University
Gretchen S. Carners, Penn State University
Kelly Parkinson, Penn State University
Matthew Murphy, Penn State University

Term Limits, Opportunity Structures and Career Development in State Legislatures
Eric Heberlig, University of North Carolina
Suzanne Leland, University of North Carolina

The Impact of Term Limits on Speaker Career Paths
Patricia Freeman, University of Tennessee

Term Limits and Career Choice in U.S. State Legislatures
Jerome Maddox, University of Pennsylvania

Movin’ On Up: The Impact of Term Limits on Candidate Quality in U.S. Elections
Costas Panagolpoulos, New York University

12:00-1:15 PM: Buffet Lunch, Grand Ballroom

1:30-3:15 PM, Falls Library
Discussant: Charles Elder
, Wayne State University

What’s on the Table? The Content of State Policy Agendas
Virginia Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
David Lowery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Matthew Fellowes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

State Policy Agendas in a System of Separation of Powers
Kellie Sims Butler
, Penn State University

A Women’s Agenda: Women Legislators Issue Preferences
Tracy Osborn, Indiana University

Governors, Legislatures, Partisanship, and State Budget Processes
Nelson Dometrius, Texas Tech University
Deli S. Wright, University of North Carolina

1:30-3:15, Summit Room
Discussant: M. Dane Waters
, Initiative and Referendum Institute

Do Term Limits Limit Representation?
Gerald Wright, University of Indiana

The Impact of Term Limits and Electoral System on Constituency Service by State Legislators
Lilliard Richardson, University of Missouri
Christopher Cooper, Western Carolina University

Voting on Term Limits Initiatives Then and Now: Has Anything Changed?
Jeff Karp, Texas Tech University

Term Limits and the Public: Knowledge, Attentiveness and Voter Dissatisfaction
Carol Weissert, Florida State University
Karen Halperin, Florida State University

Reassessing the Affect of Term Limits on the Proportion of Democrats in State Legislatures
Ken Moffett, University of Iowa

3:15-3:30 PM: Break

3:30-5:15 PM, Falls Library
Discussant: Rodney Hero
, University of Notre Dame

Public Opinion in the States: A Quarter Century of Change and Stability
Robert Erikson, Columbia University
Gerald Wright, Indiana University
John Mclver, University of Colorado

Effects on the Linkage Between Public Opinion and Policy Priorities in the States
Carl Snook, Michigan State University
Jeremy Duff, Michigan State University

The Allocations of Justice: State Crime Policy, Public Opinion, and Democratic Institutions
Kenneth Fernandez, Kent State University
Max Nieman, University of California, Riverside

State Legislative Procedures and Policy Representation: The Case of the Discharge Petition
Barry Burden, Harvard University

3:30-5:15 PM, Summit Room
Discussant: Susan Clarke
, University of Colorado

Cities and State Legislatures: Changing Coalitions in Response to Counter Declining Representation and Influence
Hal Wolman, George Washington University
Todd Swanstrom, St. Louis University
Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley

Fiscal Centralization During the Boom Years, 1992-2000
Janet Kelly, Cleveland State University

Municipal Mergers, Decentralization and Democratic Governance: The Case of Quebec’s New Mega-Cities in Quebec’s Megacities
Robert K. Whelan, University of New Orleans
Richard Vengroff, University of Connecticut

The Limits of Federal Block Grants
Brian Collins, Texas Tech University
Brian Gerber, Texas Tech University

Politics, Policy and Paradigms: State Intervention in Local Govt. Fiscal Crisis
Beth Walter Honadle, Bowling Green State University
Yun Li, Bowling Green State University

6:00 PM: Reception at Cuyahoga Falls Convention Center

6:30 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Legislative Leaders Discussion

Moderator: Alan Rosenthal, Rutgers University
Jake Flake, Speaker of the House, Arizona
Larry Adair, Speaker of the House, Oklahoma
Rick Johnson, Speaker of the House, Michigan

Dinner and speakers hosted by the University of Akron.

Saturday, May 1, 2004

6:30-8:00 AM: Breakfast at the Hotel, Dining Room

8:00-9:45 AM, Falls Library
Discussant: Larry Ledebur
, Cleveland State University

Labor Costs, Unemployment, and Job Creation in the States, 1970-2000: The Impact of the Global Economy
Susan Hansen, University of Pittsburgh

Can State Effectively Target Economic Development? A Study of Enterprise Zones Programs Over Time
Mark Cassell, Kent State University
Robert Turner, Skidmore College

Understanding State Adoption of Minimum Wage Laws
John Grummel, Millsaps College

Theorizing about Public Agency and Accountability in State Economic Development Policy
Arnold Lewis, College of Wooster

8:00-9:45, Summit Room
Discussants: Sarah Morehouse
, University of Connecticut and Malcolm Jewell, University of Kentucky

Political Party Competition and Redistribution in the American States
Benjamin Deufel, Harvard University
Andrew Karch, University of Texas, Austin

Racing to the Front: The Effects of Frontloading on Presidential Primary Turnout
Lonna Rae Atkeson, University of New Mexico
Cherie Maestas, Texas Tech University

The Effects of Party Activities on Women’s Representation in the American States
Kira Sanbonmatsu, Ohio State University

What Moves Partisanship: The Effects of Geographic Relocation on Party Identification
Jason MacDonald, Kent State University
Thom Yantek, Kent State University

8:00-9:45, Portage Room
Discussant: Mark Carl Rom
, Georgetown University

Understanding State Early Education Policy Choices: The Role of Political and Economic Contexts
Elizabeth Rigby, Columbia University

No Child Left Behind: The Report Cards—Why are Some States Successfully Implementing New Laws and Others Not?
Lisa Dotterweich, Kent State University
Ramona McNeal, Kent State University

Implementing Telehealth in the American States
Mary Schmeida, Kent State University
Ramona McNeal, Kent State University

Nonprofit Organizations and Information Networks: Understanding Relationships to State Capacity and Policy Implementation
Kathleen Hale, Kent State University

Does Proximity Matter? Assessing the Impact of State Versus National Regulatory Interventions on Facility Environmental Performance
Donald Haider-Markel, University of Kansas

9:45-10:00 AM: Break

10:00 – 11:45 AM, Falls Library
Discussant: Todd Donovan
, Western Washington University

Assessing the Impact of Public Election Funding
Kenneth Mayer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Amanda Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Timothy Werner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Democratization Effects of Campaign Contribution Limits in Gubernatorial

Kihong Eom, University of Kentucky
Donald Gross, University of Kentucky

State Legislative Redistricting: A Comparison of Partisan and Commission Outcomes
Jonathan Winburn, Indiana University

Examining Policy Outcomes (Welfare) in Multimember Districts Christopher Larimer, University of Nebraska

Politics, Race, Fiscal Strain and State Electoral Reforms
After Election 2000

Valentina Bali, Michigan State University
Brian D. Silver, Michigan State University

10:00-11:45 AM, Summit Room
Discussant: David Lowery
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Andrea McAtee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Stability and Change in Policy Commitments: Modeling the Program Spending Tradeoffs of American State Governments Across Time
Saundra Schneider, Michigan State University
William Jacoby, Michigan State University

Term Limits and Economic Policy Choices: An Examination of US State Spending Patterns
Helen Erler, Yale University

Who’s in Charge? The Impact of Term Limits on State Legislative Budgeting in Maine and Michigan
Richard Brake, Temple University

Tax Expenditure Limits and Service Quality
John Bartle, University of Nebraska
Deniz Leuenberger, University of Nebraska, Omaha

School Budgets and Local Teacher’s Unions: The Mediating Role of Institutions
Michael Berkman, Penn State University
Eric Plutzer, Penn State University
Daniel Jones-White
, Penn State University

10:00-11:45 AM, Portage Room
Discussant: Hal Wolman
, George Washington University

Effective Preparation or Politics as Usual: Homeland Security Policymaking at the State and Local Level
David Cohen, University of Akron
Brian Gerber, Texas Tech University
Kendra Stewart, Eastern Kentucky University

Devolution, New Federalism and Welfare Reform
Joseph Foy, Notre Dame University

Legitimacy in Environmental Policy-Making in Canada
William MacKay, University of Calgary (Canada)

The Barnett Formula and Public Spending: Comparison of Scotland and Wales, 1979-1999
Oleg Kodolov, University Western Ontario

11:45 AM-1:15 PM: Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Ohio Governor Bob Taft, Grand Ballroom

1:15-6:15 PM: Break

Optional Activities

Golf outing at the Windmill Lakes Golf Course where Ben Curtis developed his stroke and the Kent State team plays. For individuals planning to golf 18 holes. Bus departs from hotel at 1:15 p.m.


Tour of the May 4th Memorial at Kent State University (20 minutes from hotel) Bus Departs from Hotel at 1:30 p.m.

9 Holes of Golf at the Kent State Golf Course. Bus departs from hotel at 1:30 p.m.

6:00 PM: Catered Picnic Dinner in Covered Shelter in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (10 minute drive). Bus Departs Hotel at 6:00 p.m. For those returning from golfing late, a second bus will depart at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 2

Cleveland Indians Baseball Game
10:30 AM: Bus departs hotel for Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles game. Game time is 1:00. Group seats are in the lower box directly over first base. In addition to your game ticket, an all-you-can-eat catered picnic lunch is provided at the outdoor stadium pavilion beginning at 11:30 AM. After the game, the bus will pick up participants and go directly to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and then return to the hotel.

Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame and other Cleveland Museums
10:30 AM: Bus departs hotel for museums after dropping guests off at the Cleveland Indians stadium. Bus will pick up participants and go directly to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and then return to the hotel. Arrange with bus driver.