The January 6 attack on the United States Capitol should have awakened our political parties to the need for moderation, but the Republican and Democratic parties are rushing even further towards extremism. Is it too late to revive the political center and heal our common democratic institutions?
In What happened to the vital center? Presidentialism, populist revolt and the fracture of America (Oxford University Press, 2022), Nicholas Jacobs of Colby College and Sidney Milkis of the University of Virginia trace the rise of radicalism, grandstanding and populism to weak political parties, which presidents and ideological activists have dominated since the late of the XXth century.
Please join the authors, Philip Wallach of the AEI and William Galston of the Brookings Institution for a conversation on how revitalizing party organizations could help reduce the problems caused by “executive-centric partisanship.”
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5:00 p.m. Introduction: Philippe WallachSenior Fellow, AEI
5:05 p.m. Interview and discussion
Speakers: Nicholas F. JacobsAssistant Professor, Colby College Sidney M. MilkisWhite Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
Moderators: William A. GalstonPresident Ezra K. Zilkha and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Philippe WallachSenior Fellow, AEI