News & Events

  • "A great contest is underway—in the world and in the class “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers.” As China and the United States squabble over trade and tariffs, professor Jennifer Lind is asking her students to split into two teams. Their mission? To debate whether China will overtake America as the world’s pre-eminent power. Team Dragon will make China’s case. Team Panda will contend the United States will stay safely in the lead.

    In Lind’s government class, students analyze the...

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that he had created an Iran Action Group to coordinate and implement policy toward Tehran, saying Iran had unleashed “a torrent of violence and destabilizing behavior against the United States, our allies, our partners and, indeed, the Iranian people themselves.” Coming after the administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions, this announcement signaled again that the Trump administration intends to act...

  • The United States operates the world’s largest refugee resettlement program. However, there is almost no systematic evidence on whether refugees successfully integrate into American society over the long run. We address this gap by drawing on linked administrative data to directly measure a long-term integration outcome... Read more

  • This article assesses theoretical frameworks used to address tensions between liberalism and Islam. It analyzes three general approaches to negotiating those tensions, and it outlines a fourth model that improves upon existing frameworks. The new model calls for a transformative approach, one that acknowledges and incorporates changes to liberal political theory drawn from Islamic sources...Read More

  • In Our 'Winner-Take-Most' Economy, The Wealth Is Not Spreading


    Labor’s share of the pie is still crumbs. Is there a way for workers to regain some control over their lives? 

    Even as corporate America has unleashed insatiable consumer demand for innovative low-cost goods and technology, it has driven economic trends that continue to increase inequality, stall wage growth and strengthen the power of business.

    That in the face of this onslaught Republicans now...


  • Israel Passes a Law Stating What's Jewish About A "Jewish and Democratic State"

    On July 19th, the Knesset, led by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, passed a new “basic law,” with the anodyne title of “Israel—The Nation-State of the Jewish People Law,” commonly called the nation-state law, or khok ha’leom (literally, “nation law”). In Israel, basic laws—this one is the fourteenth—are meant to have quasi-constitutional status, and the nation-state law purports to codify what’s...

  • Congratulations to Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, whose latest article "Identifying voter preferences for politicians’ personal attributes: a conjoint experiment in Japan" was published on-line in Political Science Research & Methods.



  • The Dartmouth Government Department is pleased to note that 4 of the 14 Dartmouth students and alumni recieving Fulbright Scholarships in 2018 are Government majors. Alyssa Heinze '18, Charlotte Blatt '18, Sarah Cohen '18 and Axel Hufford '16 count amongst the recipients of the prestigious Fulbright awards available for research, graduate study, and teaching English. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the...

  • Visiting Professor Bernard Avishai published an opinion piece in the Guardian on the question of what Israel wants to be.

    "Perhaps the hardest thing for people not living in Israel to grasp is that for most Israelis, talk about how to deal with the question of Palestine is just foreground. In the background is a contest over what kind of state Israel must be. It is not just thinking about war, with Iranian proxies, say, which makes the situation demoralising. Thinking about peace is...

  • An article published in BBC News quoted Professor Simon Chauchard's research on vote buying in India.

    "New research by Simon Chauchard, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, US, argues that bribing voters may not necessarily fetch votes.

    Competitive elections prompt candidates to distribute handouts - primarily cash and gifts in kind, like liquor - for strategic reasons. While knowing that handouts are largely inefficient, argues Dr Chauchard, candidates end...