Perils of Presidentialism? Reconsidering American Institutions
Starting half a century ago, political scientist Juan José Linz argued that Presidential systems were prone to democratic breakdown and advocated for parliamentary systems. Other political scientists vociferously disagreed, mostly on the basis of one famous case: the United States. But is the US a counterexample, after all?
During this session, Associate Professor Amelia Hoover Green examines crises of democracy — from FDR’s court-packing attempt, to modern authoritarianism in Hungary, Russia, and Venezuela, to recent concerns about the 2020 US Presidential election.
This event is part of the Drexel Libraries' Countdown to Vote speaker series and Drexel Votes, which seek to encourage the entire Drexel University community to become registered voters, educated and engaged citizens, and active supporters of the candidate of their choice.
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About the Speaker
Amelia Hoover Green is as an associate professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University and the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Arts and Sciences. She completed her PhD in Political Science at Yale University (December 2011). Her PhD thesis and related work considers the role of political education programs in armed groups' attempts to control violence against civilians, and her more general research interests include the dynamics of violence during armed conflict, the diffusion of ideas through organizations, the political psychology of violence, and the measurement of political violence. She received the United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar award and a MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grant for her dissertation work.
About Drexel Votes
Drexel Votes is a broad-based coalition of student organizations, schools, colleges and administrative offices committed to encouraging the entire Drexel University community – and particularly Drexel undergraduates -- to become registered voters, educated and engaged citizens, and active supporters of the candidate of their choice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election will be unlike any other when it comes to how citizens vote. Drexel University is proud to support its community in navigating this uncharted territory with resources and reminders.
- Friday, October 23, 2020
- 1:00pm - 1:30pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)