Miller Center

The Politics of Major Policy Reform

The 2011 William and Carol Stevenson Conference
November 14-15
Miller Center of Public Affairs


Since World War II, there have been many attempts to reform domestic policy in the United States, yet only some of these have led to significant policy change. What are the political drivers of significant policy reform in the contemporary American history? What factors contribute to the failure or success of major policy reform?

Organized by GAGE Faculty Associates Jeffery A. Jenkins and Sidney M. Milkis, the 2011 William and Carol Stevenson Conference will assemble some of the leading academicians in political science and public policy studies to address the politics surrounding policy change in the areas of health care, civil rights, education, trade policy, immigration, labor policy, homeland security & terrorism, intelligence, and law & order.

November 14, 2011
10:00 AM

Eric M. Patashnik, Lawrence Jacobs, Terry M. Moe, R. Shep Melnick

Panel I.

  • Health Care Reform, Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota
  • Education Reform, Terry Moe, Stanford University [download paper]
  • Civil Rights, R. Shep Melnick, Boston College [download paper]

Moderated by Eric M. Patashnik, University of Virginia

November 14, 2011
1:00 PM

Sidney M. Milkis, Jennifer Merolla, Richard Immerman, Sean Farhang

Panel II.

  • Homeland Security & Terrorism, Jennifer Merolla, Claremont Grad School [download paper]
  • Intelligence Reform, Richard Immerman, Temple University [download paper]
  • Legal Reform, Sean Farhang, UC-Berkeley [download paper]

Moderated by Sidney M. Milkis, University of Virginia

November 15, 2011
10:00 AM

Carol Swain, Judith Goldstein, Dorian Warren, Professor Jeff Jenkins

Panel III.

Moderated by Jeffery A. Jenkins, University of Virginia

November 15, 2011
11:30 AM

David Mayhew

Concluding lunch with keynote address by David Mayhew, Yale University

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