On July 11th, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Meeting in Chicago featured a panel on Tobin’s most recent book, Preventing Regulatory Capture. Capture editor Daniel Carpenter, contributor William Novak, and regulation scholars Nicholas Bagley, Tom Baker, and Mary Furner discussed the new understandings of regulatory capture put forth in the book as well as new methods for diagnosing and preventing capture.
The last two months have brought several new staff members to the Tobin Project. In April, London Hammar, a recent graduate of Columbia University, joined us as an Operations and Program Assistant. Then, in early June, Ron Watson joined us as a Program Manager focused on the Tobin Project’s growth strategy, after receiving his PhD in Political Science from Washington University. And, just this week, Will Wittels came on as a Research Analyst after receiving a PhD in Political Science from Duke University.
The Tobin Project has selected the 2014-15 class for the Graduate Student Forums and Fellowships in National Security and Democracy and Markets. The GSF program provides graduate students doing policy-relevant research related to Tobin’s programs with funding and a group of like-minded students with whom to discuss and improve their work. Our pool of applicants this year was larger and stronger than ever, and we are excited to start working with the students this fall.
On February 8th and 9th, the Tobin Project held our third conference in our initiative on The Corporation & American Democracy. Participants shared the latest drafts of their chapters for an upcoming volume with scholars and policymakers.
The Tobin Project recently held two events promoting the newly released edited volume in our Government and Markets initiative, Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It.