Inequality and Democracy Today Conference Program

 

Michigan State University
Department of Political Science
LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy

Organizers:

Tobin Craig, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Steven Kautz, College of Social Science, Michigan State University
Arthur Melzer, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Thursday, October 8

7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Kellogg Center Auditorium
Sean Wilentz, History Department, Princeton University

Friday, October 9

8:45-12:45 p.m. panels held in the Kellogg Center, Big Ten C

Panel 1: 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Chair: Arthur Melzer, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Paper:
Economic Inequality and American Democracy
Martin Gilens, Politics Department, Princeton University
Discussant: Cristina Bodea, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Panel 2: 10:30-12:45 p.m.

Chair: Ross Emmett, James Madison College, Michigan State University

Paper:

The Fall and Rise of Income Inequality: Economic Trends and Political Economy Explanations
Charles Ballard, Department of Economics, Michigan State University
Discussant: Peter McNamara, Department of Political Science, Utah State University

Paper:

Intergenerational Mobility in an Era of Rising Inequality
Bhash Mazumder, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Discussant: Kelly Vosters, Department of Economics, Michigan State University

2:45-4:15 p.m. panel held in the MSU Union, Lake Huron Room

Panel 3: 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Chair: Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation

Paper:
Paper Profits, Productivity, and Privilege: An Alternative History of Inequality or Reflections on Zero-Sumness
Scott Winship, Manhattan Institute
Discussant: Matt Grossmann, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Saturday, October 10

All panels held at the Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room

Panel 4: 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Chair: Jerry Weinberger, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Paper:How Americans Think Politically about Economic Inequality
Leslie McCall, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
Discussant: Jennifer Sykes, James Madison College, Michigan State University

Panel 5: 10:30-12:45 p.m.

Chair: Steven Kautz, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University

Paper:On Reducting Inequality: The End and The Means
Harvey Mansfield, Government Department, Harvard University
Discussant: Ryan Hanley, Department of Political Science, Marquette University


Paper: Should We Care About Economic Inequality?
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Discussant: Marc Plattner, Journal of Democracy and National Endowment for Democracy

Roundtable: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Tobin Craig, James Madison College, Michigan State University

Conference Participants

Charles Ballard, Department of Economics, Michigan State University
Cristina Bodea, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Jack Byham, Department of Social Sciences Political Science Program, Texas A&M International University
Tobin Craig, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation
Ross Emmett, James Madison College, Michigan State University
William Galston, Brookings Institute
Sherman Garnett, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Martin Gilens, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Matt Grossmann, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Ryan Hanley, Marquette University
Steven Kautz, College of Social Science, Michigan State University
Benjamin Kleinerman, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Harvey Mansfield, Government Department, Harvard University
Bhash Mazumder, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Leslie McCall, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
Peter McNamara, Department of Political Science, Utah State University
Arther Melzer, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Marc Plattner, National Endowment for Democracy, U.S. Department of State
Jennifer Sykes, James Madison College, Michigan State University
Kelly Vosters, Department of Economics, Michigan State University
Jerry Weinberger, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Sean Wilentz, History Department, Princeton University
Scott Winship, Manhattan Institute
M. Richard Zinman, James Madison College, Michigan State University