From discussions about the "power elite" and "military-industrial complex" in the 1950s to more recent debates on the rule of law, political participation and equality, socio-economic disparities, institution building, terrorism and war, political scientists have long been interested in the concept of power and its use in politics. The 2006 APSA Annual Meeting provides a unique forum for informative discussions and research presentations from a wide range of scholars and political observers. The focus of the meeting, according to program chairs Rick Valelly (
--The Clash of Cultures and American Hegemony with Sam Huntington (Harvard University), Francis Fukuyama (Johns Hopkins University), Benjamin Barber (University of Maryland, College Park), Stephen Walt (Harvard University), and James Kurth (Swarthmore College)
--Thinking About Power with Nannerl Keohane (
--Forecasting the 2006 Election with Alan Abramowitz (Emory University), James Campbell (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Charles Cook (Cook Political Report), Tom Mann (Brookings Institution), Bruce Oppenheimer (Vanderbilt University), and Carl Klarner (Indiana State University)
--The State of American Democracy: An Audit with Robert Kuttner (The American Prospect), Jacob Hacker (Yale University), Walter Mebane (Cornell University), and Paul Pierson (University of California, Berkeley)
--Political Power: Who Governs? Who Votes? Who Cares? with Robert A. Dahl (Yale University), Kathryn Pearson (University of Minnesota), Nelson W. Polsby (Institute of Governmental Studies), Steven J. Rosenstone (University of Minnesota), Paul M. Sniderman (Stanford University), and Raymond E. Wolfinger (University of California, Berkeley)
--The Social Sources of Political Power with Susanne Mettler (Syracuse University), Larry Bartels (Princeton University), Nancy Burns (University of Michigan), Michael Dawson (University of Chicago), Tom Edsall (The Washington Post), and Theda Skocpol (Harvard University)
Other notable events will include:
--The 2006 APSA Presidential Address by Ira Katznelson (
--The 2006 Pi Sigma Alpha Guest Lecture, delivered by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on "Leadership"
--The New Political Science Plenary featuring the Honorable John Conyers (D-Michigan), recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service"
Hundreds of additional sessions will be held at the meeting on topics directly related to notable public debates today. These will address issues such as the
"We live in dangerous and unsettling times. Such moments present a special challenge to political scientists, both as scholars and as citizens," said APSA President Ira Katznelson. "In thinking about power and its ramifications, we shall bear in mind such pressing issues as the place of religion in public life, the character of civil-military relations, and the commitment to constitutionalism in the face of emergency."
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