Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2008

Party, Race and War in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

Professor John Zaller,
Department of Political Science,

Date: Thursday 24 July 2008 - 16.00
Location: Eilert Sundt's building, Auditorium 1

The lecture will address the role of party, race, and the Iraq War in the contests for the Democratic and Republican nominations in 2008 and in the fall general election.


John R. Zaller is a political scientist and professor specializing in American politics and public opinion at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.

His first book, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion (1992), explored how political messages reach the public and influence its thinking. His more recent work has focused on the mass media in A Theory of Media Politics: How the Interests of Politicians, Journalists and Citizens Shape the News (1999) and political parties in The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations before and after Reform (2008), written together with Marty Cohen, David Karol and Hans Noel.

Zaller served for eight years on the US Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.


This is a public event, and after the one-hour lecture, questions are welcomed.

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