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ABOUT In the face of rising economic inequality, political polarization, the expansion of presidential powers over those of Congress, and the resurgence of white supremacy and white nationalism, many commentators have claimed that American democracy is under threat. While many of these trends have been developing for years in American politics, the election of President Donald Trump has brought them to the fore, and political developments since he took office have heightened concerns about the nation’s future. On April 12-13th, researchers, scholars, journalists, and policymakers will come together to address questions about the health and resiliency of American democracy. This conference will consider questions such as can a liberal democracy and representative government persist in the United States? Are we experiencing a breakdown of democracy? Are checks and balances that are built into the political system and the mediating institutions that link citizens and government strong enough to sustain liberal democracy? Our conference grows out of a collaborative research venture among scholars of American political development and comparativists who examine how democracies have deteriorated in other parts of the world. This conference will include two keynote speeches by reporters at the Washington Post: E.J. Dionne (5:00pm on Thursday, April 12) and Jennifer Rubin (1:00pm on Friday, April 13). The speeches will be livestreamed and the other seven panels of scholars and journalists will be recorded and available for viewing on the conference website: a-republic-if-we-can-keep-it.inequality.cornell.edu. Additionally, No Jargon, a weekly podcast from the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), will record interviews with conference participants. The conference title comes from a story about Benjamin Franklin: upon exiting the Constitutional Convention, he was asked by someone in the crowd what kind of government the delegates had created. His answer, according to the legend, was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” The lead organizers are Suzanne Mettler (Cornell), Rick Valelly (Swarthmore), Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins), Tom Pepinsky (Cornell), Kenneth Roberts (Cornell), and Lee Drutman (New America). The staff organizers are Clara Elpi (Cornell), Dave Nelson (Cornell), Elena Souris (New America), and Catherine Wilson (New America). This conference was made possible with generous funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies.


CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF INEQUALITY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) at Cornell University is devoted to understanding patterns, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequality. CSI fosters new and cutting-edge research, trains undergraduate and graduate students, encourages the exchange of ideas among inequality researchers, and disseminates research findings to a broader public. It supports research and knowledge that is evidencebased and systematic, whether it is “basic” research that develops formal models of the social processes that underpin inequality or “applied” research that assesses the intended or unintended consequences of policies that affect equality of opportunity. inequality.cornell.edu NEW AMERICA Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and public intellectuals. Today we are a community of innovative problem-solvers, combining our core expertise in researching, reporting and analysis with new areas of coding, data science, and human-centered design to experiment and innovate nationally and globally. We prize our intellectual and ideological independence and our diversity, seeking to do our best work and to reflect the America we are becoming. newamerica.org SCHOLARS STRATEGY NETWORK The Scholars Strategy Network is a one-stop resource that connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders to America’s top scholars and their research. Together they inform news and help solve the nation’s toughest policy problems. Across the country, chapters and scholars volunteer their research, time, and energy. Scholars join the network to become part of a community of leading researchers who are dedicated to improving policy and strengthening democracy. Through the network, journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders connect with responsive scholars and jargon-free research to support their work. scholars.org


THURSDAY 1:30PM - 2:00PM REGISTRATION 2:00PM INTRODUCTION & WELCOME Kim Weeden (Director, Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell) 2:05PM - 3:20PM SETTING THE AGENDA: IS THE U.S. IN DANGER OF DEMOCRATIC DETERIORATION? Chair: Lee Drutman (New America); Presenters: Kenneth Roberts (Cornell), Tom Pepinsky (Cornell), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell), Rick Valelly (Swarthmore), Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins); Discussant: Didi Kuo (Stanford) 3:30PM - 4:50PM INSTITUTIONS & SEPARATION OF POWERS Chair: Robert Mickey (University of Michigan); Presenters: Frances Lee (University of Maryland), Keith Whittington (Princeton), John DiIulio (UPenn), and Sidney Milkis (UVA); Discussant: Kenneth Roberts (Cornell) 5:00PM - 6:15PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS E.J. DIONNE (THE WASHINGTON POST, BROOKINGS INSTITUTE) Introduction by Rick Valelly (Swarthmore) 6:15PM - 7:15PM WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION


FRIDAY 7:30AM - 8:30AM CONFERENCE CHECK-IN & BREAKFAST AVAILABLE 8:30 AM - 9:40AM PRESIDENCY & NATIONAL SECURITY Chair: Daniel Stid (Hewlett Foundation); Presenters: Eliot Cohen (Johns Hopkins), Larry Jacobs (University of Minnesota); Kori Schake (International Institute for Strategic Studies); Discussant: Valerie Bunce (Cornell) 9:50AM - 11:00AM LINKAGES BETWEEN CITIZENS & GOVERNMENT Chair: Tom Pepinsky (Cornell); Presenters: Lee Drutman (New America) Matthew Levendusky (UPenn), Daniel Gillion (UPenn); Discussant: Nicholas van de Walle (Cornell) 11:10AM - 12:20PM INEQUALITY & INSTITUTIONS Chair: Kimberley Johnson (New York University); Presenters: Desmond King (Oxford) & Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania), Robert Kuttner (Co-Founder & Co-Editor, American Prospect), David Brian Robertson (University of Missouri - St Louis); Discussant: Paul Pierson (UC - Berkeley) 12:20PM - 2:00PM LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS JENNIFER RUBIN (THE WASHINGTON POST) Introduction by Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins) 2:10PM - 3:20PM ORGANIZATIONS, POLITICAL PARTIES, & CHANGE Chair: Sidney Tarrow (Cornell); Presenters: Theda Skocpol (Harvard), Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins), Christina Wolbrecht (Notre Dame); Discussant: Steven Levitsky (Harvard) 3:30PM - 4:50PM MEDIA & HIGHER EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE Chair: Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute); Presenters: Jamelle Bouie (Slate) Christian Caryl (The Washington Post), Paul Glastris (Washington Monthly), Gretchen Ritter (Cornell), Sabrina Tavernise (New York Times) 4:50PM - 5:00PM CLOSING REMARKS


IN ATTENDANCE James Astill (The Economist) Perry Bacon Jr. (FiveThirtyEight) Jamelle Bouie (Slate) Valerie Bunce (Cornell University) Christian Caryl (The Washington Post) Matthew Chaffinch (Swarthmore College) Sonya Chen (Swarthmore College) Eliot Cohen (Johns Hopkins University) Jason Cole (Cornell University) Danny Rosenberg Daneri (Cornell University) Fernando Delgado (Cornell University) John DiIulio (University of Pennsylvania) E.J. Dionne (The Washington Post) Dominik Doemer (Scholars Strategy Network) Lee Drutman (New America) Kate Dunbar (Swarthmore College) Luize Eihmane (Johns Hopkins University) Clara Elpi (Cornell University) Peter Enns (Cornell University) Russ Feingold (Atlantic Philanthropies) Sergio Garcia-Rios (Cornell University) Elizabeth Ghedi-Ehrlich (Scholars Strategy Network) Daniel Gillion (University of Pennsylvania) Paul Glastris (Washington Monthly) Jim Glenn (Johns Hopkins University) Kristin Goss (Duke University) Avi Green (Scholars Strategy Network) Wayne Grove (Le Moyne College) Hamza Hashim (Swarthmore College) Chip Hauss (Alliance for Peacebuilding) Maye Henning (Johns Hopkins University) Ron Herring (Cornell University) Jing-Mao Ho (Cornell University) Kyle Howard (Cornell University) Larry Jacobs (University of Minnesota) Kimberley Johnson (New York University) Johanna Kalb (Loyola University-New Orleans) Adoree Kim (Cornell University) Desmond King (Oxford University) Rachel Kleinfeld (Carnegie Institute) Sarah Knight (Open Society Foundations) Daniel Kryder (Brandeis University) Didi Kuo (Stanford University) Robert Kuttner (Brandeis University) Jonathan Ladd (Georgetown University) Noah Landay (Swarthmore College) Claire Leavitt (Cornell University) Frances Lee (University of Maryland)

Matthew Levendusky (University of Pennsylvania) Adam Levine (Cornell University) Steven Levitsky (Harvard University) Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins University) Mary Newhart (Cornell University) Christine Mehta (Cornell University) Suzanne Mettler (Cornell University) Jamila Michener (Cornell University) Rob Mickey (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Sidney Milkis (University of Virginia) Paul Muniz (Cornell University) Dave Nelson (Cornell University) Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute) Radu Parvulescu (Cornell University) Tom Pepinsky (Cornell University) Ian Philbrick (New York Times) Paul Pierson (UC - Berkeley) Chayenne Polimedio (New America) Rachel Rhodes (Cornell University) Gretchen Ritter (Cornell University) Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University) Dave Robertson (University of Missouri-St Louis) Jennifer Rubin (The Washington Post) Emily Sandusky (Cornell University) Kori Schake (International Inst. for Strategic Studies) Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins University) Mark Schmitt (New America) Adrienne Scott (Cornell University) Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins University) Theda Skocpol (Harvard University) Chance Smith (Cornell University) Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania) Elena Souris (New America) Daniel Stid (Hewlett Foundation) Sidney Tarrow (Cornell University) Sabrina Tavernise (New York Times ) Kris-Stella Trump (Social Science Research Council) Rick Valelly (Swarthmore College) Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University) Max Vejares (Johns Hopkins University) Kim Weeden (Cornell University) Keith Whittington (Princeton University) Vanessa Williamson (Brookings Institution ) Catherine Wilson (New America) Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame) Jason Zengerle (Politico)


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Conference Program - A Republic, If We Can Keep It  

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Conference Program - A Republic, If We Can Keep It  

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