Hauptmann School of Public Affairs

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series

The Park University Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon his 40th anniversary at Park. The lecture series brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann's three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.


Dr. Frank ThompsonDr. Frank J. Thompson -- "The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. program

National Archives at Kansas City
400 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

RegistrationWhile the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Contact the National Archives at Kansas City at kansascity.educate@nara.gov or (816) 268-8010.

Lecture Description: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was an epic policy breakthrough, culminating a century of effort to expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans. Those striving to implement the law have faced a difficult, contentious context marked by deep-seated partisan polarization. The lecture tracks the progress to date in implementing two major provisions of the ACA -- the creation of viable insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid. The lecture also shows how the ACA intersects with broader issues of American governance: the rise of the executive branch within the separation-of-powers system, the increased importance of the administrative presidency and the emergence of fractious federalism rooted in partisan polarization.

About Dr. Thompson: Frank J. Thompson is a distinguished professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) and an affiliated faculty member with the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. He has published extensively on issues of politics and administration, implementation, public management and health policy. In 2007, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid during the Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama administrations. This research resulted in a book, Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability and Health Reform (Georgetown University Press). The book is a thorough examination of the genesis and expansion of Medicaid and its impact on the American health care system.

Thompson is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He served as executive director of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service (Winter Commission). Thompson has received several awards, including the Donald C. Stone Distinguished Scholar Award for achievement in the field of intergovernmental relations and management, and the Dwight Waldo Award for lifelong contributions to public administration. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2008, Thompson served as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany, State University of New York. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Chicago, and both his master's degree and doctorate degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previous Lecturers in the Series

          •  2014 -- Dr. Robert Jervis, "Why Does the U.S. Spend so Much on Security and Feel so Insecure? Fear, Interests and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy"
          •  2013 -- Dr. Theda Skocpol, "The Tea Party and Civic Engagement in America" 
          •  2012 -- Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, "Leadership Challenges for the Presidency: A World of Opportunities and Hazards”
          •  2011 -- Dr. John J. Mearsheimer, "Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics”
          •  2010 -- Dr. José Luis Valdés-Ugalde, "A Historical Assessment of the Inter-American Dilemma: The Conflict Between Security, Democratic Governance and Progress”
          •  2009 -- Dr. Pan Suk Kim, "Building Trust in Government by Improving Governance"
          •  2008 -- Dr. Lawrence J. Korb, "National Security in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants and Weapons of Mass Destruction"
          •  2007 -- Dr. Emily Hauptmann, "Fighting Words: How Political Scientists and the Big Foundations Defined 'Democracy' During the Cold War"
          •  2006 -- Dr. David Rosenbloom, "Preserving Constitutional Government in an Age of Outsourcing"
          •  2005 -- Dr. Michael E. O'Hanlon, "The Axis of Evil and Doctrine of Preemption Three Years On"
          •  2004 -- Dr. Robert M. Entman, "Media, Foreign Policy and American Democracy After 9/11"
          •  2003 -- Dr. Patricia Ingraham, "The Performance Challenge: Why Public Management is Not for the Faint of Heart"
          •  2002 -- Dr. Donald J. Puchala, "The Tragedy of War and the Search for Meaning in International History"
          •  2001 -- Dr. John Mueller, "Democracy and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery"
          •  2000 -- Dr. Donald Kettl, "Managing Government in a Globalized World"
          •  1999 -- Dr. John Lukacs, "The Idea of Europe"
          •  1998 -- Dr. Robert H. Ferrell, "From Wilson to Truman: Democracy and the American Presidency"
          •  1999 -- Dr. Chester A. Newland, "The Search for Reasonableness in Public Administration"
          •  1996 -- Dr. Richard L. Walker, "The Cultural Dimension of Foreign Relations"
          •  1995 -- Dr. David Mathews, "Democracy in America"
          •  1994 -- Dr. Dwight Waldo, "Public Administration Today: Multiple Perspectives"
          •  1993 -- Dr. Jan Prybyla, "The Interplay of Economics and Politics in the Transformation of Social Systems"

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