2022.13: Promises Kept and Unkept
Updated: Apr 15, 2022
Professor EJ Fagan
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
Selected publications of Professor Fagan
"Issue Ownership and the Priorities of Party Elites in the United States, 2004–2016," 2021, Party Politics 27(1): 149-160.
"The Power of the Party: Conflict Expansion and the Agenda Diversity of Interest Groups," with Zachary A. McGee and Herschel F. Thomas, 2021, Political Research Quarterly 74(1): 90-102.
"Problem Solving and the Demand for Expert Information in Congress," with Zachary A. McGee, 2020, Legislative Studies Quarterly 47(1): 53-77.
"Using the Comparative Agendas Project to Examine Interest Group Behavior," with Brooke Shannon, 2020, Interest Groups & Advocacy 9: 361-372.
Books that inspired Professor Fagan to pursue Political Science
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2004)
Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why by Frank R. Baumgartner, Jeffrey M. Berry, Marie Hojnacki, David C. Kimball, and Beth L. Leech (2009)
Topics discussed in the podcast
Emergency Powers Act (1976)- powers given to the president after the declaration of a national emergency
International Emergency Economic Powers Act (1977) - gives the president the power to impose sanctions on foreign governments
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Provided a Constitutionally-protected right to an abortion
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
Established the right to privacy, and permitted the use of contraception by married couples
Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
Prohibited law enforcement authorities to use evidence in court that was obtained unlawfully (exclusionary rule)
This case is not in danger of being overturned. It was mistakenly referenced in the podcast. Professor Fagan meant to cite Griswold v. Connecticut.
Loving v. Virginia (1967)
Made interracial marriage legal
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
Found laws criminalizing same-sex intimate activities unconstitutional
Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)
Legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States
Thermostatic reaction of the public, explaining why political power shifts back and forth between Democrats and Republicans every 2-4 years
"Fairness" of 2022 Congressional maps due to redistricting
Is the US headed to another civil war?