America's Aging Political Institutions: What Next?

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Our political institutions struggled with the contemporary developments before, during, and after the presidency of Donald Trump. Dr. Jeff Manza will explore these shortcomings of our difficult-to-change institutions and consider the possible solutions.

Dr. Jeff Manza

Recent events have highlighted important ways in which American political institutions are struggling to adjust to contemporary developments, both before, during, and after the presidency of Donald Trump. Unlike other institutional fields studied by sociologists, political institutions are especially difficult to change, creating the possibility of a spiral of decline without obvious remedy. Jeff Manza will describe the most important of these defects and how they are manifesting themselves in our times, and consider what (if anything) can be done.