Brown-bag Lunch | Thomas Lancaster: Political Monitoring: Do ‘Eyes’ Help Achieve Better Governance?

Friday, September 13, 2013 (11:30 AM – 1:15 PM)
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“Monitoring” is a frequently used term in the social sciences. Seldom analyzed in its own right, this talk emphasizes the importance of monitoring in political affairs. Following definitional considerations, questions such as “What is effective monitoring?” and “Why is it important?”  will be addressed and specific examples will help us better understand how the institutionalization of monitoring has influenced outcomes of collective action problems in political behavior and public policy.


Thomas D. Lancaster, Professor of Political Science, Emory University

lancasterThomas D. Lancaster received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University, his M.A. from Miami University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University, St. Louis.

His scholarly interests in political science include comparative politics, with a specialization in European Politics. He wrote Policy Stability and Democratic Change (Penn State University Press), contributed to the multi-authored Western European Government and Politics (Longman) which is currently in its second edition, and co-edited Politics and Change in Spain (Praeger), Compounded Representation in Western European Federations (Frank Cass), and Federalism and Compounded Representation in Western Europe (special issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism). He has published articles in such scholarly outlets as The American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal for Political Research, West European Politics, the International Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, and Comparative International Development.

Professor Lancaster’s teaching interests cover many aspects of comparative politics. His undergraduate courses have ranged from introductory classes in comparative politics and freshman seminars to junior-senior level classes in European politics, comparative political economy, comparative electoral behavior, and research methodology. He also enjoys teaching at the graduate level and has directed numerous Ph.D. dissertations. He is the winner of several awards at Emory, including the Emory Williams Teaching Award, a Crystal Apple teaching award, the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Center for Teaching & Curriculum, and Omicron Delta Kappa’s “Award of Merit: Outstanding Faculty Member in Service.”


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