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Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series 2022: Can America Govern Itself?   

Over the past several decades, the United States has faced a growing list of challenges.  In previous challenges that our country has faced, we were helped by the governing capacities of our democratic institutions.  But over the last twenty years, American voters have lost confidence in democratic institutions to provide efficient and equitable governance and to solve social problems.  This loss of democratic confidence has occurred largely in conjunction with increasingly high levels of ideological polarization and partisan animosity.  This lecture will explore the rise of polarized politics, its profound impact on our governing capacities, and what we can do to once again make progress on common challenges.

Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Interim Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He has authored or co-authored four books: Political Game Theory, Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches, Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy and Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know. In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his AB from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

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