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UCR experts available for election night commentary

UCR experts available for election night commentary

(November 2, 2000)

Several University of California, Riverside professors with expertise on a variety of areas relevant to the Nov. 7 election are available to answer media questions before and after the vote.

Third-party candidates
Political Science Professor Shaun Bowler offers analysis on the California initiative process and on the effects third party presidential candidates, such as the Green Party's Ralph Nader and the Reform Party's Pat Buchanan, have on their mainstream counterparts, Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. What are third-party candidates' impact in the hard-fought swing states?

Office (909) 787-5595

Polling processes/Relevance of big government
Political Science Professor Max Neiman can provide analysis on the significance and accuracy of polling. Neiman directs The Center for Social and Behavioral Science Research. The center issues the Inland Empire Annual Survey, which tracks public attitudes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Neiman's book, Defending Big Government: Why Big Government Works, says big government is relevant. In it, he lays out the dangers of too much cynicism in the political process.

Office (909) 787-4693

School vouchers/School facilities (propositions 38 and 39)
Education Professor Douglas Mitchell
studies education policy and can analyze the debate on Prop. 38, the school vouchers initiative, and Prop. 39, the school facilities initiative. He studies how education policies are drafted, and how school districts organize themselves to carry them out. He has written extensively on the cultural basis of education policies.

Office (909) 787-5401, ext. 1487

Market volatility and the economic boom
Finance Professor Sarkis Joseph Khoury
studies the stock market and its relation to government. He can add depth to stories touching on the implications of the election on the market, market volatility and the possible impact on the current economic boom, which appears to be cooling.

Office: (909) 787-3750

Drug treatment diversion program (Prop. 36)
Sociology Professor Robert Nash Parker studies the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on society and how public policy attempts to deal with the crime they create. He directs the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, which does basic and applied research generating the knowledge needed to develop public policies that deals with crime.


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