Politics in Washington State
PLU professor Maria Chávez sits on panel hosted by Secretary of State.
Senator Cantwell had a Q&A session with the Political Science majors October 8th hosted by Dr. Michael Artime and Dr. Maria Chávez.
Welcome to Political Science
The student of politics seeks to understand how governments are organized and structured, how political processes are employed, and the relationship of structures and processes to societal purposes.
Since political activity may embody and reflect the full range of human values, the study of politics includes realities of politics while at the same time asking how well political systems work, what purposes are and ought to be served, and what effects result from political phenomena. Political Science encourages a critical understanding of government and politics in the belief that a knowledgeable, interested, and aware citizenry is needed in a democratic society.
Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy
In the wake of the January 6th insurrection, many folks are increasingly aware of the fragility of American democratic government.
One of the most important works on this topic in recent years is the book, “Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy”, by Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman. We will be using this book over the course of the next year and a half to hold events, lectures, and conversations.