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American Political Science Association president to speak Sept. 13

By Katie West,

History and politics enthusiasts, take note: John H. Aldrich, president of the American Political Science Association, will visit the University of South Carolina Sept. 13 to discuss the history of democracy and the political party system in the South.

The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in room 250 at Gambrell Hall. Aldrich, the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science at Duke University, is the first speaker in this year’s Political Science Research Workshop series, organized by USC’s Political Science Department.

Aldrich’s talk, “Party Competition and Democracy in the South, 1828-2012,” is based on a book project with John D. Griffin of the University of Colorado. They argue that several characteristics of American democracy, including a full-fledged competitive party system and certain measures of citizen well-being, have emerged in the South only since 1980. Aldrich will cover these and other points in his talk.

“It's a great honor for the department to host a visit by the president of the APSA, the leading professional association in the discipline, with more than 15,000 members worldwide,” said David Darmofal, co-organizer for the lecture series and an associate professor in the Political Science Department.

“Professor Aldrich’s talk is an important and timely one for citizens of South Carolina, as it examines how the development of two-party competition in the South in recent decades has increased government responsiveness and improved the well-being of citizens in the region,” Darmofal said.

Aldrich has done extensive research on American and comparative politics and has authored several books. He is chair of the board of the American National Election Studies and held several roles in the APSA prior to becoming president in 2013.

For more information about the Sept. 13 event, call 803-777-3109 or email Darmofal at

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