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Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series 2022: Why America Needs a New Electoral System   

America’s electoral system is a global outlier. No other democracy uses primaries to select its political candidates; our two-party system is among the world’s strictest; and the average lawmaker represents vastly more constituents than those in nearly any other country. Meanwhile, antidemocratic extremism in American politics is escalating, and arguably with more success than in other advanced democracies. This lecture will explore how the two phenomena are related: how outlier features of the U.S. electoral system are aggravating antidemocratic extremism—and how certain reforms may help to turn the tide.

Grant Tudor is a Policy Advocate for Protect Democracy where he develops and advocates for a range of reforms among federal policymakers to shore up our democratic institutions. He was prior a senior manager of political reform at Harvard’s Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness, and also served as a Visiting Fellow with UNRWA, a UN refugee agency, and with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a group that mediates armed conflict. Grant received his MBA from Harvard Business School and MPP from Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.

 
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