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Jonathan K. Hanson

Lecturer in Statistics for Public Policy
Hanson is a specialist in comparative political economy and political development. He examines the ways that political institutions affect economic performance and development. In his recent projects, he has explored how to measure state capacity, the roles of democracy and state capacity for improving human development, and why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes. A former congressional aide, he has been active in political campaigns.
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Hanson describes U.S. politics around Afghanistan

Aug 31, 2021 KSU Sentinel
After the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, some Republicans have attacked President Joe Biden for his actions. Jonathan Hanson, lecturer in statistics for public policy, breaks down the political rhetoric. "There is political cynicism on...
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Hanson comments on risks of Line 5 pipeline

May 19, 2021 The Globe and Mail
For years, the Line 5 pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac has been a hot topic in Michigan politics. Jonathon Hanson, a Ford School lecturer, shed light on the potential consequences of continuing to allow the pipeline to exist. “You think...
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Hanson comments on Biden administration's early moves

May 12, 2021 BBC Brazil
Tackling an ongoing pandemic, violent protests, and economic downturn, Joe Biden has surprised some with his actions so far during his presidency. But Ford School lecturer Jonathon Hanson says people shouldn't be.  "I think maybe people...
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Hanson remarks on attempts to restrict voting access across the U.S.

Apr 18, 2021 Folha de Sao Paolo
"The impact of the approval of these laws will be the reduction of electoral participation," said Jonathan Hanson. "Most of them are designed to make voting more difficult for Democratic voters, who tend to be low-income, with jobs that often don’t...
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Anti-COVID politics may not last, says Hanson

Apr 15, 2021 Holland Sentinel
In an article in the Holland Sentinel about whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed politics, Jonathan Hanson notes that “things do change much more rapidly in politics sometimes than we expect. Over the course of a year, the...
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For Hanson, potential presidential self-pardon raises serious questions

Jan 14, 2021 Folha de S. Paulo
Hanson told Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper, that any self-pardon would be controversial and probably end up in front of the Supreme Court. The court has a majority of conservative judges – three of whom are appointed by Trump. “From...
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Capitol Police riot response requires scrutiny, says Hanson

Jan 10, 2021 MLive
Hanson, a former congressional legislative assistant, told MLive, “What I’m surprised about is how easy it was for them to break into the Capitol and sort of rampage around in offices on the Senate floor.” “I was taken aback how ill-prepared the...
News

Hanson gives historical perspective to violence in Washington

Jan 8, 2021
The seeds of the violence that took place in Washington, DC, on January 6, can be traced back to President Trump’s rhetoric in his 2016 campaign, his statements during the re-election campaign over the summer, and even to the Michigan statehouse...
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Hanson expects Biden to restore normalcy to the White House

Nov 7, 2020 Métro World News
“This election was a crucial crossroads for American political institutions. Trump has led America to a dangerous place. Biden’s election is a step back from the brink, but also the start of hard work to restore the fractured fabric of American...
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Hanson comments on Michigan's long absentee ballot-counting process

Nov 5, 2020 WXYZ-TV Detroit
“In other states, they can start processing absentee ballots long before the election,” said Jonathan Hanson.  “The coronavirus magnified the problem tremendously, but it would be mistaken to think we are never going to experience this again.” ...
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Hanson comments on Michigan presidential race

Nov 5, 2020 The Wire
"Trump was already facing a tough re-election battle in Michigan, which has been compounded by the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic," said Jonathan Hanson. You can read the article in The...
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Hanson on potential recounts in AZ, GA

Nov 5, 2020 BBC Brasil
"In Arizona and Georgia, where the count has not yet ended, the distance between the two candidates may be even smaller, which makes a request for a recount also very likely there," said Jonathan Hanson. Read the full BBC Brasil...
News

Michigan Votes - Ford School faculty experts available

Oct 29, 2020
Contact: Daniel Rivkin, rivkind@umich.edu, +1-917-817-6323 Michigan Votes! ANN ARBOR — Experts at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the election process and results in Michigan...
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Hanson weighs in on Michigan's importance in 2020 election

Oct 27, 2020 WNEM
“Michigan is clearly one of the battleground states,” said Hanson. “The vote totals we see Tuesday night are not going to be indicative of the overall totals," he said. "Probably, they’ll lead more toward Trump on Tuesday because more Republicans...
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Hanson on blue collar Michigan

Oct 14, 2020 CNBC
Macomb is "a transition county that’s very middle class and very blue collar. In some ways it’s a snapshot of Michigan overall, but also in a lot of ways it ...looks similar to a lot of the rest of the country. If the 2018 election is any indicator...
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Hanson highlights tight Michigan Senate race

Oct 1, 2020 STRINGR
"The Michigan Senate race is one of the few opportunities that the Republicans have to pick up a Senate seat...Although most polls show Peters with a narrow lead, that lead is within the margin of error, and there are a lot of undecided voters,"...
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Hanson speaks on QAnon conspiracies

Sep 18, 2020 CNN Brasil
"People who are attracted to conspiracy theories tend to be people who are feeling anxious about the world, who feel a lot of uncertainty and are looking for explanations to help them find meaning in a scenario where they feel they have lost...
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Tracking the issues

May 22, 2020
Before COVID-19 began to consume our daily news coverage, we asked nine Ford School faculty what policy topics 2020 political candidates should be talking about. Javed Ali, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence: There is a lot more we can...