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Coming to Campus

- September 25, 2006

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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Expert on effective government to give international studies lecture

Margaret Levi, the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington, will give a public lecture titled "Achieving Good Government - and Maybe Legitimacy," on Thursday, Oct. 5. It will be held at 7:30 pm in Konover Auditorium, and a reception will follow.

Levi is the sole author of three books, Bureaucratic Insurgency: The Case of Police Unions (1977); Of Rule and Revenue (1988); and Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (1997). She is joint author of Analytic Narratives (1998); Cooperation Without Trust? (2005); and Democracy at Risk (2005); and co-editor of The Limits of Rationality (1990); Trust and Governance (1998); and Competition and Cooperation: Conversations with Nobelists about Economics and Political Science (1999).

Her current research focuses on the bases for and effects of trustworthy and effective government. Concurrently, she is working on a range of issues having to do with labor unions and with global justice campaigns.

Some of the work builds on the World Trade Organization History Project at the University of Washington, which she co-directed.

She also continues to write on issues concerning the analytic narrative approach to the study of complex historical and comparative processes.

Levi is also involved in community work. She has served on the Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board and was a member of the first coordinating committee of Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice (SAWSJ).

With her husband, Robert D. Kaplan, she has developed a substantial collection of Australian aboriginal art, part of which is on loan to the Seattle Art Museum.

The lecture is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, which brings distinguished scholars to selected campuses, for the purpose of contributing to the intellectual life of the institution.

It is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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