Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

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The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is a preeminent hub for political and policy analysis in the Midwest. The Center generates dialogue across difference by stimulating vigorous but civil debate. We encourage leaders, students, and citizens to approach the critical issues of our time in innovative ways.

The Center uses high-quality analysis, public forums and events, and civic engagement to change the conversation from partisan and polarized to respectful and practical.

The Center convenes a wide array of public events to promote an informed and engaged citizenry. The Policy Fellows program provides emerging and mid-career professionals a renowned public affairs leadership experience. The Certificate in Election Administration is a pioneering online program to prepare professionals in election administration.

Nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence R. Jacobs directs the Center. Jacobs is McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs and holds the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies.

The Center is grateful to the following major supporters of our programs and initiatives:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; George Family Foundation; Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota; McKnight Foundation; Rehael Fund—Roger Hale/Nor Hall Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation; Target Corp.

Professional Development with CSPG

2019 Policy Fellows Cohort
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In the Media

In this commentary, Professor Larry Jacobs argues that America has a ‘glut’ of elections every year that is overloading its citizens, “and overloaded citizens skip elections.

The Hill
April 4, 2022

Professor Larry Jacobs says it's not surprising that former MN GOP Chair and widow of U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn is running in the special election to fill his seat in Congress. Hagedorn, a Republican who represented the 1st Congressional District, died of cancer in February. 

KARE TV
March 14, 2022