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Jan. 27, 2006

Visiting Ida Beam Scholar To Speak On Political Competition Feb. 2

Michael Laver, a professor of politics at New York University, will speak on "The Difference a President Makes: Political Competition Under Presidential and Parliamentary Government" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in the University of Iowa Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium.

Laver, Ph.D., is visiting the UI as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor sponsored by the departments of political science, economics and history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and UI International Programs.

Laver previously was professor of political science at Trinity College in Dublin, where he also spent three years as chief academic officer. He held visiting professorships at the University of Texas, Austin; Harvard; Duke; Sciences Po, Paris; and the University of Bologna.

Elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1990, he served on the Irish government's Constitution Review Group and acted as a consultant to the Irish government on aspects of institutional design. Laver's main research interests are in party competition, especially the dynamic modeling of competition between elections within parties and governments, and estimating the policy positions of political actors. He was co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research and is author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 15 books, including "Multiparty Government; Making and Breaking Governments" (which won the coveted William Riker Award for the best book in the field of political economy from the American Political Science Association in 1996); and "Representative Government in Modern Europe" (4th edition due this year).

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