2019 MPSA Conference Preview

By Adam Dynes (Brigham Young University), 2019 MPSA Urban and Local Politics Section Chair

This year’s Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference in Chicago features panels on Urban and Local Politics that cover a wide variety of topics from retrospective voting to the challenges of urban development and sustainability.

There are two round-tables this year:

  • Thurs, April 4 at 11:30am: Twenty-First Century Chicago: Beyond Rahm Emanuel. This one is esspecially timely given that the run-off election deciding who will replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago will be on April 2, just two days before the panel.
  • Saturday, April 6 at 8:00am: Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities (by Jessica Trounstine). Come hear a discussion about her excellent new book.

There are also two panels featuring working papers on related topics to the second round-table.

  • Sat, April 6 at 4:45pm: Racial Discrimination and Geography in Local Politic
  • Sun, April 7 at 9:45am: Racial Representation in Local Government

For scholars interested in federalism and intergovernmental relations, we have a panel focused exclusively on how state and national politics affect local politics:

  • Sat, April 6 at 11:30am: Political Spillover Between Local Government and Higher Levels.

You can find the full conference schedule — which includes many more urban and local politics panels — here (login required for panel locations): https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/mpsa/mpsa19/

Additionally, we are still look for discussants for the following panels:

  • Retrospective Voting in Local Elections. Thu, April 4, 3:00 to 4:30pm
  • Factors Affecting Public Goods Provision in Local Government. Fri, April 5, 8:00 to 9:30am
  • Junior Scholar Symposium Session: Housing, Land Use, and Political Participation in Local Politics. Sun, April 7, 8:00 to 9:30am (The JSS Sessions are different from paper panels. The authors are all graduate students, and instead of having authors present a slide show of their paper, the discussants and authors spend the entire session giving detailed feedback on the papers. Each participant is expected to have read all of the other papers in the session. Ideally, discussants will be more senior scholars of urban and local politics.)

If you are able to serve as a discussant for one of these, please email me at: adamdynes@byu.edu