Government & Law
Number of Programs: 7
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:
- Economic Forecasts
- Economic Policy Analyses
- Demographic Profiles
- Impact Assessments
- Market Assessments
- Tax Policy Impacts
- Tourism Impacts
- Needs and Poverty Assessments
Law College Building, 648 North Shaw Lane, Room 405B, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Indigenous Law & Policy Center is the heart of the MSU Law Indigenous Law Program. The Center has two goals: to train law students to work with Indian Country, and to provide services to institutional clients such as Indian tribes, tribal courts, and other tribal organizations on a wide variety of legal and policy questions.
509 E. Circle Drive, Room 321, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) applies research to important public policy issues, and strengthens relationships between the academic and policymaker communities. IPPSR is involved in:
- Promoting and conducting interdisciplinary research on public policy issues;
- Providing survey research and evaluation services through the Office for Survey Research;
- Producing public policy and political leadership education and training programs such as the Legislative Leadership Program, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Tomorrow's Political Leaders; and
- Engaging in problem solving discussions around pressing societal needs.
Examples of projects include the State of the State Survey, the National College Health Assessment survey, and the Thumb Rural Health Network Survey. IPPSR offers an annual Policy Forum Series, which serves as an interactive meeting about issues facing Michigan communities. The Institute's Web site also contains searchable publications, information on special projects, and links to related public policy Web sites.
East Lansing, MI
MSU's Institute of Public Utilities, with sponsorship from several MSU colleges and outside utility corporations, supports informed, effective, and efficient regulation of utility network industries--electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications. The Institute provides, to the regulatory policy community, integrative, interdisciplinary and balanced educational programs, as well as applied research on the institutions, theory, and practice of modern economic regulation. The Institute focuses on informing and improving the regulatory process through:
- Educational programs and seminars on regulation policies--held at MSU, at the client's site, or at various locations within the US;
- Online discussion forums, Web casts, and surveys;
- Online resources such as links, glossaries, and statistics;
- Public Utilities publications; and
- The Trebing Library on Public Utility Regulation, which houses extensive documentation on public utility regulation.
Please see the website below for a list of current programs.
219 South Harrison Road, Room 93, East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU's Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), in the College of Social Science, is committed to serving the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest through research on the social, economic, educational, and political condition of these communities. The Institute is involved in:
- Conducting research and transmitting the research findings to academic institutions, government officials, community leaders, and private sector executives;
- Disseminating knowledge through publications, seminars, workshops, and private consultation;
- Providing technical expertise and support to Latino communities for developing policy responses to local problems; and
- Developing Hispanic human capital through leadership development, empowerment, and education.
Current research/outreach initiatives target the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. JSRI publishes several reports and papers on recent research, as well as produces the NEXO Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Institute and an assortment of books. The Institute's Web site contains information on employment, events in lower Michigan, Latino News, and profiles on companies and institutions who serve the Latino communities. The Institute, in collaboration with MSU Libraries' Special Collections, also has a Virtual Collection with audio and video, publications, and photos of Dr. Julian Samora.
South Kedzie Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The LeFrak Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy and the LeFrak Forum are centers for research and debate on the theory and practice of modern democracy. They sponsor lectures, conferences, publications, and teaching, as well as graduate, post-doctoral, and senior fellowships. Their specific mission is to explore the intersection of philosophy and public policy: to place theoretical issues in practical context and policy issues in philosophical perspective. The Symposium and the Forum are dedicated to fostering genuine intellectual debate, especially by introducing voices not regularly heard on university campuses — thinkers from the classical liberal, libertarian, and conservative traditions and other dissenters from reigning academic orthodoxies.
406 Communication Arts Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The Quello Center seeks to stimulate and inform debate on the economic and social implications of media, communication and information innovations of our digital age. It pursues research that questions taken-for-granted assumptions, and seeks to collaborate with other centers of excellence in research on the social and economic implications of communication, media, and information technologies of our digital age and the policy and management issues raised by these developments.
The scope of the center has broadened with the rise of the Internet and digital media, but its mission has continued to focus on research that will improve understanding of the choices and options affected by change in communication technologies, industries, and consumer choices. The Quello Center pursues these goals through a variety of activities, including: the conduct of rigorous interdisciplinary research; an interest in technology, policy and practice at multiple levels from local and state to national and global arenas; providing opportunities, such as symposia and conferences, to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, scholars, industry executives, and consumer interest groups; participation in other events and proceedings that evaluate important communication policy developments; and providing expertise and independent research to public and nonprofit institutions.