Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on Trump Desire to Reorganize Executive Branch: ‘Good Luck With That’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s recent executive order, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” may be a song we’ve heard before. Many times. As Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige explains, attempts at executive reform have a long history.

Rudalevige writes that when Trump complained about “’duplication and redundancy everywhere,’ and urged more ‘efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch,’ he was preaching to a bipartisan, historical presidential choir.” Read more in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Bowdoin Professor Argues Current Foreign Policy Could Diminish US

Rebecca Davis Gibbons

President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, as expressed so far through his actions and rhetoric, threatens to weaken the United States’ standing in the world, according to a Bowdoin government professor.

Rebecca Davis Gibbons, a visiting professor who specializes in foreign policy, national security, and arms control, explained in a recent talk at Bowdoin that Trump’s policy of isolationism could undermine the economic and security benefits the US has reaped from an integrated global order that it largely helped to build after WWII.

“Some of what we have seen in Trump’s actions and rhetoric may lead to a weaker US position in the world and lead to a less predictable and less stable world, one where US interests are undermined,” Gibbons said, adding, “Trumps actions and remarks show a lack of appreciation for the benefits this order has provided historically to the US.” More in Bowdoin News.

Robbed of Credit: Scanlon Insight on History’s Groundbreaking Women (Huffington Post)

Jennifer Scanlon

As part of Women’s History Month, The Huffington Post has compiled a list of “11 Women Who Did Groundbreaking Things That Men Got the Credit For.”

Among this group is Anna Arnold Hedgeman, who in 1963 organized the March on  Washington, but was “hidden, concealed, out of sight” by the men around her, according to Jennifer Scanlon, who authored the biography, Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman.

Scanlon is also interim dean for academic affairs and professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Bowdoin. Read the Huffington Post article.

Bowdoin’s Franz: Clinton Campaign’s TV Ads Had Little To Do with Policy (Vox)

Hillary Clinton. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The television ads run by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were much more focused on attacking opponent Donald Trump’s personality than his policies, concludes the latest study by the Wesleyan Media Project, as reported by Jeff Stein in Vox. The Wesleyan Media Project includes Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz.