Campaign of the Future

Nate Persily, Bruce Cain 2015 - 2016

Campaign of the Future

Technological advances in voting, communication, and fundraising are changing American campaigns and elections in fundamental ways. Developments in microtargeting, web-based campaign advertisements, and even voting, itself, promise to empower new actors in campaigns and reshape the landscape for political communication. American democracy's move on-line will have profound implications for the future of traditional intermediary institutions, especially political parties, which have served as the primary avenues for individual participation and representation. The project on the Campaign of the Future seeks to bring together the relevant actors in the campaign system to analyze these trends in political communication, mobilization, and voting, and to assess their impact on American democracy. The project will involve conferences of academics and other experts, an edited volume, and a sole-authored book.

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Nathaniel (Nate) Persily

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Nathaniel (Nate) Persily

James B. McClatchy Professor of Law
An award-winning teacher and nationally recognized constitutional law expert, Professor Persily, JD ’98, focuses on the law of democracy, addressing issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance and redistricting. A sought-after nonpartisan voice in voting rights, he has served as a court-appointed expert to draw legislative districting plans for Georgia, Maryland and New York and as special master for the redistricting of Connecticut’s congressional districts. Most recently, he also served as the Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan commission created by the President to deal with the long lines at the polling place and other administrative problems witnessed in the 2012 election. The Report of the Commission is available at www.supportthevoter.gov.
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Bruce Cain

Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and The Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West
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Bruce Cain

Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and The Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West
Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences
Bruce E. Cain is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He received a BA from Bowdoin College (1970), a B Phil from Oxford University (1972) as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph D from Harvard University (1976). He taught at Caltech (1976-89) and UC Berkeley (1989-2012) before coming to Stanford. Professor Cain was Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley from 1990-2007 and Executive Director of the UC Washington Center from 2005-2012. He was elected the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has won awards for his research (Richard F. Fenno Prize, 1988), teaching (Caltech 1988 and UC Berkeley 2003) and public service (Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service, 2000). His areas of expertise include political regulation, applied democratic theory, representation and state politics. Some of Professor Cain's most recent publications include "Redistricting Commissions: A Better Political Buffer?" in The Yale Law Journal, volume 121, 2012; "Congressional Staff and the Revolving Door: The Impact of Regulatory Change," with Lee Drutman, Election Law Journal, 13:1, March 2014.; "Community of Interest Methodology and Public Testimony," with Karin MacDonald, 3 U.C Irvine Law Review. 609 (2013); and Democracy More or Less: America's Political Reform Quandary, Cambridge University Press, 2014. He is currently working on state regulatory processes and stakeholder involvement in the areas of water, energy and the environment.