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The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

A bipartisan research, teaching and experiential learning institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, civility and ethics, and hands-on learning through internships and events.

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The State of the Parties: 2020 & Beyond Virtual Conference
November 4 - 5. 2021

The University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics will sponsor the eighth quadrennial “State of the Parties” conference on American political parties on November 4 – 5, 2021. The purpose of the conference is to assess changes in American political parties resulting from the 2020 presidential campaign and election. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners for this purpose, and the best papers will be included in the 9th edition of The State of the Parties, scheduled to be published in 2022.

Papers on any aspect of contemporary American political parties are welcome, including political polarization; regional voting patterns; national, state and local party organizations; presidential primaries and campaigns; the role of money and other resources in the 2020 campaigns; and the role of parties and partisanship in the federal, state, and local governments.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper should submit a one-page proposal by March 1, 2021 to the Bliss Institute at Please feel free to share this information with interested colleagues and students.


  • Spring 2021 events are forthcoming.

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The Greater Akron Civility Center

Setting standards, providing resources, and working to create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.
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Bliss Institute in the News

What Congress must do to protect itself
Interim Director David Cohen co-authored an opinion piece about the need for Congress to consider alternative means of conducting its business.

Sen. Brown renews calls for Trump's removal via 25th Amendment, impeachment
Interim Director David Cohen says using the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office is "an expedient process" that would give Trump no ability to seize back his presidential power before the end of his term.

Ohio Political Scientist: Use of 25th Amendment Could by Swift to Remove Trump from Office
Interim Director David Cohen was interviewed about the mechanisms available to members of Congress for removing a U.S. president from office.

Rep. Tim Ryan and University of Akron Political Professor on Capitol Attack
Interim Director David Cohen provided historical context and offered his perspective on the attack on the U.S. Capitol. His interview begins at minute 14:00 of the program.

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Why Study Applied Politics?

Alumnus Jason Huff (MA '04), Senior Policy Advisor to the Tennessee House Democratic Causcus, discusses his career path and shares advice for students.

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Why Take an Internship?

Graduate Student Kevin Cohen shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.


Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
Olin 325
Akron, OH 44325-1914

Office: 330-972-5182
Fax: 330-972-5479

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