Personally Speaking Examines Money In Politics

Competition over which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives has transformed congressional parties from legislative coalitions into partisan fundraising machines, UNC Charlotte professor Eric S. Heberlig posits in his book Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control.  Learn more about the award-winning book and the story behind the book at Personally Speaking with Eric Heberlig on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202.

The conversation with Heberlig, professor of political science and public administration, will begin at 6:30 p.m.. It will be followed by a reception where Heberlig will sign copies of his book.  Personally Speaking is open to the public without charge, but reservations are requested at

Complimentary parking is available at the two lots directly across 9th and across Brevard streets from UNC Charlotte Center City.

Heberlig’s book with coauthor Bruce A. Larson, associate professor at Gettysburg College, won the LBJ Foundation award for best book on congress in 2014.  The book addresses the consequences of selecting congressional leaders on the basis of fundraising skills rather than legislative capacity and the extent to which the battle for majority control leads Congress to prioritize short-term electoral gains over long-term government and problem solving.

This is the final conversation in the 2015-16 Personally Speaking series sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library. The 2016-17 series will be announced at this time.

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