Institute for Public Affairs News

Public policy affects the laws that govern everything from social to economic issues and beyond. Here you’ll find stories about the work our students, alumni and faculty perform to affect positive changes in policy. And you can contact us if you have a story you’d like to see shared here. The College of Liberal Arts’ Institute for Public Affairs takes a particular interest in issues affecting Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and is interested in telling stories that foster a collaborative, intellectual exchange of policy ideas.

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The Pennsylvania Capital Semester internship program gives College of Liberal Arts students the chance to grow professionally through rewarding political work.

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PA Capital Semester students, Taylor Allen and Jordan Holycross, received the Perseverance Award and the Leadership Award, respectively at Temple University Harrisburg on April 17, 2018.

Issue 20:1 of Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy has been released.

Articles include:

- A forum on the structural deficit of PA from representatives of the Commonwealth Foundation and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

- Identity change in conservation law enforcement

- A review of the property tax classification system in Philadelphia

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This is the 76th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association, hosted by Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs.

Founded in 1939, the Pennsylvania Political Science Association (PPSA) is the nation’s oldest state political science association.  Its mission has always been to promote scholarship, research, and the exchange of ideas within the Pennsylvania community of political scientists.