Beth A. Rosenson

Associate Professor of Political Science,
University of Florida
Anderson Hall 202


 

 

Phone 352-392-0262 ext. 232

Fax 352-392-8127

rosenson@polisci.ufl.edu


TRY NOT TO BECOME A MAN OF SUCCESS BUT RATHER A MAN OF VALUE.  - Albert Einstein.

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? - Thoreau

THE HIGHEST FORM OF WISDOM IS KINDNESS. - The Talmud

 

 

LINK TO TEXTBOOKS FOR FALL 2008

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
 

POS 2041: FALL 2010 SYLLABUS

POS 2041: TA ASSIGNMENTS AND PAPER TOPIC INFORMATION

Ethics in American Politics

Media and Politics

American Political Development

GRADUATE COURSES

American Political Development

POS 6045: American Field Seminar Fall 2009

Political Communications

 

LINK TO MY CV HERE (MS WORD)

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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
  • M.A. in Political Science, Yale University, 1991
  • B.A. in Government, Wesleyan University, 1987

RESEARCH INTERESTS

State legislatures and Congress
Legislative voting behavior
Political ethics, corruption, and political reform 
American political development 
Media and politics



CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Congressional ethics investigations: the changing content and partisanship of House ethics charges, 1798-2004 (book manuscript)

Causes of corruption in the American states: the impact of campaign finance laws, legislative professionalization and dierct democracy

Privately-sponsored Congressional travel 
(which groups provide it, which members engage in it; and a second study of six individual trip sponsors and which members they offer trips to)

Media coverage of state legislatures: quantity, content and tone (an examination of newspaper coverage of the California and Florida state legislatures)


BOOK

The Shadowlands of Conduct: Ethics and Politics in the States (Georgetown University Press, 2005)

This book examines the passage of various "conflict of interest" laws aimed at regulating legislators' ethics in the American states from 1954 to the present. Through case studies and quantitative analysis of the passage of various ethics restrictions, the book explores the sources of support for and opposition to legislative ethics reform and the variation that exists in ethics laws across states.  The book highlights the role that actors outside and inside state legislatures have played in the passage of ethics reform, and also emphasizes the substantial gaps and loopholes that the laws (and enforcement mechanisms) contain. As such, the findings provide a cautionary tale for political reformers about the limits of self-regulatory reforms. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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