Dr. Royce Hanson

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GWIPP Research: Royce Hanson

This page features research funded through GWIPP and performed by Royce Hanson.


Title: The District of Columbia and Its Lack of Representation in Congress: What Difference Does it Make?

Funding: Trellis Foundation

Researcher(s): Garry Young, Hal Wolman, and Royce Hanson (GWIPP)

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Status: Current

Summary: Viable representation in Congress is a key goal for many citizens of the District of Columbia. Yet, the debate over representation lacks some specifics. What will be the substantive effect of representation? How will the District’s influence over Congress change and how will this change in influence alter public policies directly relevant to the District? These are questions the proposed project seeks to answer. In the project we will consider several different possible forms of District representation. We will then evaluate those forms in regard to their likely impact on policy benefits through legislation (passed or stopped) and fiscal allocation. We will also consider the impact of representation in other areas such as the congressional ombuds role, oversight of executive branch regulation, and the symbolic importance of representation.

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Title: Foreign Capital Cities and Their Relationship to the National Government: What Washington, DC Can Learn 

Funding: Trellis Foundation

Researcher(s): Hal Wolman, Royce Hanson, and Garry Young (GWIPP)

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Status: Current

Summary: The District of Columbia, as the capital of the United States, is in a unique set of circumstances with respect to other American cities, but it is not unique in the world. All countries have capital cities and they face many of the same problems as does Washington, DC. The object of this study is to determine what can be learned from these other cities and their relationship to their national governments that is relevant to the circumstances of Washington, DC and that will better inform the debate about the issues related to Washington's role as a capital city.