UCSD Economics Roundtable to present political scientist’s views on California budget

Thad Kousser, associate professor of political science at UC San Diego, will address the question, “How can California spend $146 billion and still be broke?” 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the UCSD Faculty Club on campus.

The $50 cost to attend the UCSD Economics Roundtable includes breakfast and parking.

Kousser specializes in state politics. His research looks at how constitutional reforms reshape government, the role of parties in state legislatures, the ability of governors to enact new policies, the impact of term limits, and the use and misuse of the initiative process.

He has published 40 articles and book chapters, and authored or edited six books including “The Power of American Governors” (Cambridge University Press, 2012), “Politics in the American States,” 10th Edition (CQ Press, 2012), and “The Logic of American Politics,” 5th Edition (CQ Press 2011).

Kousser holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. in government, summa cum laude, from Harvard University.

The Oct. 3 roundtable series will feature John Williams of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco presenting an “Economic Outlook.”

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