An Update from the O’Neil Chair in Public Life


December 12, 2012

William Crotty, Professor of Political Science and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, has had a busy year of many accomplishments and work related primarily to the 2012 Presidential Elections but also as a top-scholar in the field and as a hard-working Professor.

Professor Crotty was elected to the new General Council of NPSA (The Northeastern Political Science Association) for the 2012-2014 term. He was also elected to the Executive Council of NEPSA (The New England Political Science Association) for 2012-2014.

He has also been very busy with writing and editing.  He recently edited and wrote two chapters in the book “The Obama Presidency: Promise and Performance” (Lexington Books, 2012).  He is also editing and writing a chapter for the latest book in a series on presidential elections, “Winning the Presidency 2012 (Paradigm Publishers, 2013), which will be available in April. Finally, he is completing an edited volume on Party Polarization in America  which should be published in early 2013.

Held on November 29, 2012 the annual Thomas P. O’Neill Conference was a great success.  Titled, “The Presidential Election of 2012: A Red or Blue Future?” the conference included presentations from several nationally known experts on political parties and elections covering such issues as the  impact of race, the South, Campaign finance, religion and party polariization on the election and the electorate. Former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis was the featured speaker, and offered his unique perspective on the American political scene. Concord attorney Jeff Clements, President and co-Founder of Free Speech for People and author of Corporations are Not People, was the luncheon speaker on the topic of campaign finance and the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Internationally, Professor Crotty has been invited to give a presentation on the presidential election of 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the PSA (Policy Studies Association), American Politics Group at the University of Leicester in January 2013.

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