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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

UI hosts German, U.S. scholars for seminars on legislative research

The political science department in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a group of German scholars Sept. 16-22 for a series of legislative research seminars. UI political science professors Gerhard Loewenberg and Peverill Squire have organized the event.

The German scholars include Werner Patzelt and seven junior faculty and graduate students from the Technical University of Dresden Also participating will be three leading U.S. specialists in the field of legislative research -- Professors Kathleen Bawn of the University of California at Los Angeles, John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska and John Huber of Columbia University, as well as University of Iowa Professors Cary Covington, and Charles Shipan, and graduate students Andrew Bargen and Tracy Slagter.

The focus of the series is on the differences between legislative research approaches in Germany and the United States, and on the problems and prospects of comparative cross-national as well intra-nation legislative research. The seminar series is part of an ongoing exchange between the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Iowa, both of which are centers of comparative legislative research. The current seminar series is made possible by grants from the University’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Offices of the Vice President for Research and of International Programs and the Richard Hale Roberts Fund of the Department of Political Science.