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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

UC Regent to Visit UCLA, Speaks with Students

Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director and University of California Regent, Bonnie Reiss, met with students at UCLA  as part of a larger effort to increase communication between the UC officials and students.

Panel focuses on Politicians and Their Constituents

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy collaborated on Wednesday morning to host the “Government and Leadership Conference: People Over Politics” symposium. - See more at:

California Election Reforms Going National?

Will the California election reform movement that brought the state the top two primary and citizens redistricting soon be moving to other states? Not an unreasonable assumption if one listened to the opening discussion at the Schwarzenegger Institute’s conference on political reform at the University of Southern California yesterday.

Electoral Reforms Put People Ahead of Politics

It's been less than five years since voters approved two critical reforms to California's electoral system. Yet, because of these reforms, we are already seeing significant changes to the state's political landscape - and the changes are positive ones.

How California tamed its once-dysfunctional Legislature

One might assume that a legislature that just gained a Democratic supermajority would become more liberal and more combative with business interests. But the opposite happened when Democrats secured two-thirds of all seats in the Senate and Assembly - along with control of the governor's office - in Sacramento in 2013.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Indiana redistricting plan could be fairer

One of my proudest moments as governor of California was working with advo­cates such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters to reform the redistricting process. As in most states, the ­redistricting process was not serving the people of California, as it was gerrymandered and 99 percent of incumbents were re-elected in the districts they themselves drew. The people of California, as do the people of Indiana and other states, want a political system that benefits the interests of the voters, not one rigged to benefit the ­interests of politicians.