Faculty at Large Lecture Explores International Public Policy
Associate Professor of Political Science Bas van Doorn to speak on Nov. 10 at The College of Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio — Bas van Doorn, associate professor of political science at The College of Wooster, will present “We Are Not Denmark: International Policy Models, American Exceptionalism, and Domestic Policy-Making” at the second Faculty at Large Lecture of the fall semester on Thursday, November 10. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).
“Politicians and others often make references to other countries when discussing public policy,” according to Van Doorn. “For example, during one of this year’s presidential debates, Republican nominee Donald Trump responded to a question about health care by invoking Canada’s health care system, labeling it “flawed” and “catastrophic in certain ways”. Why did he do this and why do others also invoke international policy models?” These are questions that will be discussed.
The presentation explores his on-going book project, which looks at how policies in effect in other countries affect U.S. domestic policy debates. “Using content analysis of speeches, debates, and media coverage, and drawing on nationally representative surveys as well as experiments, I aim to find out who uses references to other countries’ policies, what countries are most frequently referenced, and how this affects public support for proposed policies,” said Van Doorn.
Van Doorn, who joined the faculty at Wooster in 2007, is involved with research involving political psychology, public opinion, political communication, and the presidency. He has published work on, among other things, media and politics, interpersonal discussion and agenda setting, and depictions of the poor in U.S. media. He received his M.A. from the University of Amsterdam (American Studies) and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.
This is the last Faculty at Large lecture of the fall semester. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2576) or e-mail.