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This is Now – Unbreaking Government
August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDTFree – $30
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Amidst the political morass the US has become, some are voicing the unthinkable: has American democracy’s long, ambitious run come to an end? How much power do we have to mend our breaches, fix our political system and our economy, and lift those who’ve been left behind?
William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, director of the Center for Effective Government, and co-host of the Not Another Politics podcast. Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor in Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. These two expert political minds are cautiously optimistic we can extract ourselves from the mess we’re in. But it won’t be an easy road.
Howell & Moe’s new book Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy tracks the troubling rise of Donald Trump to socio-economic forces—such as globalization, technological change, and immigration—that have generated widespread populist anger and will continue to do so long after he leaves office. In order to defuse the populist threat to democracy, they say, the nation needs to embrace programs and reforms that will ensure a more effective government for solving the complex and vexing problems of modernity. At the center of this reform project is a recrafting of the presidency to take advantage of its great promise and to guard against its dangers.
Kepler’s Literary Foundation’s journalist in residence, Angie Coiro, brings us the latest in our This Is Now series focusing on culture and politics. Join Angie, William Howell, and Terry Moe for a nuanced discussion of what can truly improve the odds of our country’s survival.
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