ARC Seminar: Elizabeth Nisbet

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

4:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Mobilizing for Progressive Taxation: Coalitions and Framing Processes in Two U.S. States

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Elizabeth Nisbet

In the context of economic crisis, a reinvigorated progressive movement and debate over a wide array of federal tax policies affecting wealthy individuals and corporations, policymakers are seriously considering ideas for taxation that might not have been broached a decade ago. State-level revenue politics have also changed amid budgetary pressures from the 2020 recession and subsequent windfalls from federal stimulus spending, and advocates in some states have been pushing for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. This presentation draws from research on coalitions and framing processes to examine campaigns in two different states. In both, coalitions had mixed success and tried out different frames and proposals. Case studies drawing from interviews, records of advocacy efforts including social media, and legislative materials show how advocates and policymakers chose among a wide array of options and developed framing strategies to provide a rationale for raising taxes.

Elizabeth Nisbet is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She focuses on how public policy shapes inequality and inequities in labor markets and public services and establishes boundaries between the public and private sectors. Her research has examined whether and how cities regulate privately-funded organizations supporting public services; the influence of policy on employer behavior and work quality in the home care and agriculture sectors, and the use of framing in policy formation processes. Her work has been published in journals including Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Management Review, Policy Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, and Administration and Society.

Prior to working at John Jay College, she was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University's School for Management and Labor Relations. She also had an extensive career in policy, programming, and research and evaluation for nonprofit organizations working in education, economic security, and health, including the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Sesame Workshop, and Helen Keller International. She began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Nisbet received a PhD in Planning and Policy from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania.

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