Seminar on Public Choice with Bernard "Bernie" Grofman

Centre for Voting and Parties (CVAP) and the Dept. of Political Science will have a visit by Professor Bernard (“Bernie”) Grofman, UC Irvine—one of the world’s leading scholars in the intersection between comparative politics, psychology and game theory and with significant contributions in the study of political behavior, electoral systems and behavioral social choice.  Bernie Grofman is also a 2010-recipient of an honorary doctorate in political science from the University of Copenhagen and has been a visiting scholar at CVAP. 

Grofman has for years written (serious and satirical) articles under the pseudonym “A Wuffle” (including in top-journals in political science), and some of the views on research and careers of Grofman & Wuffle is attached.

Bernie Grofman will give an informal brown bag lunch talk on publishing and with career advice for doctoral students and younger faculty members.  The talk, entitled "Uncle Wuffle's Advice to Younger Scholars", will take place Wednesday September 9th from 12.15 to 13.00 in room CSS 35-1-09.

Additionally, Bernie Grofman will host a one-day “work-in-progress” workshop, primarily aimed at doctoral students and younger faculty members in comparative politics, where they will have a chance to present their work, and where Grofman will serve as “libero” discussant, aside from presenting one of his own papers (experiments on decision-making in parliamentary committees).  The workshop will take place Thursday September 10th from 9.15 to (ca.) 15.00 in room CSS 35-1-09.

Bio: Bernard Grofman is Professor of Political Science and Jack W Peltason Endowed Chair of Democracy Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and former Director of the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy. His research deals with topics such as voting rights, electoral rules, theories of representation, behavioral social choice, and political satire. He is co-author of five books (four from Cambridge University Press and one from Yale University Press), and co-editor of 23 other books; with over 300 research articles and book chapters, including ten in the American Political Science Review. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been a scholar-in-residence at universities and research centers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK, and he has an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen. 

Website with CV, publications, etc.:

9.00-9.30:     Bernard Grofman: “Experiments in Committee Voting” 

9.30-10.00:   Yosef Bhatti, Jens Olav Dahlgaard, Jonas H. Hansen & Kasper M. Hansen: “How Voter Mobilization from Short Text Messages Travels Within Households and Families: Evidence from two Nationwide Field Experiments”*

10.00-10.30: Rasmus Tue Pedersen: “Numbers as Competence: Politicians Appear More Competent When Using Numerical Rhetoric”*

10.30-11.00: Asmus Leth Olsen: "Negative Performance Information Causes Asymmetrical Evaluations and Elicits Strong Responsibility Attributions"* 

11.00-11.30: Martin Vinæs Larsen: ”Incumbent Tenure Crowds Out Economic Voting”*

11.30-12.00: Lasse Aaskoven: “Taxation and Transparency in Government: The Role of Taxation Observability”*

12.00-13.00: Lunch (sandwiches to be served)

13.00-13.30: Conor Little: “Political Parties’ Stability in Government”*

13.30-14.00: Karina Kosiara-Pedersen: ”In and out of parties”