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Government Prof. Publishes Two Op-Eds

Alan Draper, the Michael W. Ranger and Virginia R. Ranger Professor of Government, recently penned an op-ed that was published by The Hill about U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ability to command the agenda of government means since the midterm elections in 2018, and another op-ed for The Post Standard.

In The Hill op-ed, titled "The Pelosi Administration," Draper writes, “The Pelosi administration is an anomaly. House Speakers are generally not successful at setting the agenda of government. She has taken advantage of her caucus’ discipline and Trump’s inability to set the pace, and spearhead the agenda herself.”

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For The Post Standard, a Syracuse, New York-based newspaper, Draper's op-ed, titled "Why is Joe Biden winning? He knows something his critics don't." discusses Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden's rise to the top of Democratic primaries. He writes, "Presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden can be infuriating, not only to youthful Twitter Democrats, who dismiss him as a relic, but even to older people who otherwise admire him. He lacks the fervent passion of Bernie Sanders, the cool insouciance of Beto O’Rourke, the confident prescriptions of Elizabeth Warren, the folksy charm of Amy Klobuchar and the casual polish of Pete Buttigieg. All Biden apparently has going for him is the confidence and trust of many Democratic Party primary voters."

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Draper's work covers American political development, labor history, and the civil rights movement. He is a two-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award recipient and has published op-eds in the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and other newspapers, and has been the author and co-author of several publications.

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