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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Who We Are

Under the leadership of nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence Jacobs, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges.  Founded in 2005, CSPG fosters effective and efficient governance, increases the transparency of government processes, and rebuilds the public trust in order to counteract negative influences that threaten our democracy.

One of the unique strengths of the center is that it brings together three critical components of public governance today: objective high quality analysis, publicly visible forums, and civic engagement.  Through collaboration across the public, nonprofit and private sectors, the center generates new knowledge about policy and politics, convenes public events that stimulate vigorous debate, and inspires current and emerging leaders to engage in the creation of innovative approaches to addressing the vital policy issues of our time.

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Lawrence R. Jacobs

Professor, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, Director


Contact Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
130 Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-0068

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