William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe - "Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy" - Virtual Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe

William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe will discuss Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy. They will be joined in conversation by Karen Tumulty.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Effective Government

Virtual event


About the book: As William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe argue in this trenchant new analysis of modern politics, the United States faces a historic crisis that threatens our system of self-government—and if democracy is to be saved, the causes of the crisis must be understood and defused. The path to progress is filled with political obstacles, including an increasingly populist, anti-government Republican Party. It is hard to be optimistic. But if the challenge is to be met, we need reforms of the presidency itself—reforms that harness the promise of presidential power for effective government, but firmly protect against the fear that it may be put to anti-democratic ends.

About the authors: William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, director of the Center for Effective Government, and co-host of Not Another Politics Podcast. Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. They are both members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and winners of the Legacy Award for a work of enduring significance to the study of the American presidency.

About the interlocutor: Karen Tumulty is a Washington Post columnist covering national politics. A recipient of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, Tumulty joined the Washington Post in 2010 after reporting with Time. During her more than 15 years at Time, she wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with Time as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. She holds degrees from University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Business School.

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