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ACS Lunch: Joel Rogers on ALEC, ALICE, and state legislation


April 10, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room Neukom 102


Modeling Progressive Law for States and Cities: Joel Rogers Introduces ALICE
For nearly forty years, ALEC has secretively disseminated model laws to a network of more than 2,000 state legislators -- resulting in increased big-business dominance in American public life and a weakened democracy. Now, progressives are coming together to build the state and local political infrastructure necessary to support working families and the middle class, promote sustainability, and revitalize democracy. The American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, or ALICE, is a small but vital piece of this infrastructure.
ALICE is an online public library of progressive state and local law. It brings together both “exemplary” laws (those introduced or enacted somewhere and worthy of replication) as well as “model” laws (those with suggested general language, ready to be tailored to a particular jurisdiction). There’s also background  research, talking points, and other aids for effective communication. ALICE founder Joel Rogers will speak about how ALICE fits into a progressive strategy at the state and local level, and ways that students and faculty can get involved.
Joel Rogers is professor of law, political science, public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of COWS, the national strategy center for high road development and governance. He has written widely on American politics and democratic theory (e.g., On Democracy, Right TurnAssociations and Democracy, Metro Futures, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, The Forgotten Majority), advised many politicians and governments, and helped found and operate several progressive NGOs (e.g., Center for a New Democracy, New Party, Economic Analysis Research Network, Apollo Alliance, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and, most recently, ALICE). A MacArthur Foundation fellow, Newsweek identifies him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.