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Who’s Watching? Political Monitoring, Collective Action, Problems and Good Governance

feb-13-ss-forumSocial Sciences Forum
“Who’s Watching? Political Monitoring, Collective Action, Problems and Good Governance”
Thomas Lancaster, Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Monday, February 13, 12 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th floor

As part of an ongoing research project (Lancaster, 2014, 2015), this talk emphasizes the concept of political monitoring in the study of governing institutions. Building on the psychological notion that people change their behavior if someone is watching them or they think someone is, the argument will be advanced that the choice of how political monitoring is institutionalized, as a necessary element in the process of overcoming collective action problems in the provision of public goods, reflects choices in state-building, institutional engineering, and public policy.

A wide range of examples will illustrate how constitutionally-based structures, operational rules, and policy design might incorporate political monitoring in order to produce specific outcomes normatively held as desirable.

Admission is free.

Directions and parking information
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage adjacent to the Library — please see here for additional information.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Global Studies, and the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars.

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