Challenging Times Amid Unhealthy Politics

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Challenging Times Amid Unhealthy Politics: Implications of the November 2012 Elections for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Wisconsin

Author

Jay Stampen (BIO)

Visiting Researcher, WISCAPE
Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Summary

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s future as a leading public research university has become increasingly tenuous due to declining state support and anticipated declines in future federal support. During the 2011-2012 session of the Wisconsin State Legislature, model legislation drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national umbrella organization for corporate lobbyists, was responsible for hasty passage of important but questionable legislation affecting virtually every area of public policy, including education. Establishing local control over Wisconsin politics would help both the university and the state. It would also follow Wisconsin precedent and the insights of several leading scholars of legislative politics.

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