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Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy

This broad multidisciplinary program traces how social, political, and institutional dynamics shape and constrain national policymaking in the United States and in comparison with other countries. Experts in political identity, public opinion, inequality, political parties, media, gender, and many others come together to debate and study political processes and institutions and their participants.

A Message From Daniel Galvin, Program Chair

Daniel Galvin

From the partisan divide on COVID-19 to systemic racial injustices to impediments to democratic participation, political institutions are being tested like never before. IPR faculty examine how political, social, and economic dynamics affect institutional operations and decision-making processes in the United States. Researchers analyze the interplay between political institutions, political behavior, and public policies.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Pierre Azoulay, Benjamin Jones, J. Daniel Kim, and Javier Miranda. 2020. Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the United States (WP-45).

Marianne Bitler, Hilary Hoynes, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. 2020. The Social Safety Net in the Wake of COVID-19 (WP-20-43).

Craig Garthwaite, Jordan Keener, Matthew Notowidigdo, and Nicole Ozminkowski. 2020. Who Profits From Amateurism? Rent-Sharing in Modern College Sports (WP-20-42).

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Faculty Experts

Representing the fields of political science, economics, social policy, psychology, and sociology, faculty delve into the worlds of politics, institutions, and policymaking.

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IPR Researchers Review Evanston’s Use of Force Policy

In September, the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative (N3), housed within IPR, delivered a report to the City of Evanston analyzing its use of force policy and data for its police department.



by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate

IPR 2020 Election Panel


Martin Eichenbaum, Charles Moskos Professor Professor of Economics

Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow

Erik Nisbet, Owen L. Coon Endowed Professor of Policy Analysis & Communication,  Director of the Center for Communication & Public Policy, and IPR Associate

Chloe Thurston, Assistant Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow

Moderator: Daniel Galvin, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow

How the Punishment of Black Women and Girls Affects Our Democracy

by Sally Nuamah, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow

Policy Brief: Policies to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin analyzes wage-and-hour laws and minimum wage violations in all 50 states. He finds that workers are significantly less likely to be paid below the minimum wage in states with stricter laws against wage theft.

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