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Release: Sept. 13, 2001

UI to host seminar on legislative research Sept. 20-26

A group of German and American legislative scholars will gather at the University of Iowa Sept. 20-26 for a series of research seminars about the differences between legislative research in Germany and the United States. The seminar is being organized by Gerhard Loewenberg and Peverill Squire, political science professors in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The seminar series is part of an ongoing exchange between the Technical University of Dresden and the UI, both of which are centers of comparative legislative research, Loewenberg said. Papers will deal with the German Bundestag, the state legislature of Saxony, the European parliament, the French National Assembly, the Canadian Senate, U.S. state legislatures, and the U.S. Congress.

Participants include UI political science professors Cary Covington, Douglas Dion, and Charles Shipan, as well as a number of UI graduate students in political science. Joining them will be Professor Werner Patzelt and seven junior faculty and graduate students from the Technical University of Dresden and three leading U.S. specialists in the field of legislative research--John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska, John Huber of Columbia University, and D. Roderick Kiewiet of the California Institute of Technology.

The seminar series is made possible by grants from the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Office of the Vice President for Research and UI International Programs.