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Professor Ken Kollman, The Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professorship in Political Science, Inaugural Lecture

Why You Should and Should Not be Worried about American Democracy
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:00-5:00 PM
Weiser Hall Map
Many people have intense worries about the future of American democracy. They should worry less about the long term survivability of democracy, and just like parties and politicians, focus more on winning the next round of elections. The partisanship that appears to be hardening in our society is actually a source of stability and predictability, and it gives people a stake in election outcomes. The major parties, contrary to popular belief, remain moderating forces. Granted, norms and electoral institutions are under threat but they are more robust than many people think, and if people focus on winning elections and adopting policies, and worry less about what damage others might do, American democracy will survive just fine.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: LSA Collegiate Lecture, Political Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Department of Political Science