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"Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University will continue the Spring 2017 Public Policy Lecture Series on the theme of Democratic Theory in the Light of Donald Trump.

Shapiro's lecture will be an evaluation of different democratic arrangements in light of the elections and referenda of 2016. Shapiro will argue that recent trends to decentralize decision making and the governance of political parties in the name of enhanced democratic control have been self-defeating, and he will propose reforms aimed at remedying the situation.

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University. A native of South Africa, Shapiro received his undergraduate degree from Bristol University in England and then went on to earn three degrees from Yale. His research interests include the methodologies of the social sciences, theories of justice and democracy, the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth, and the prospects for sustainable democracy in the post-communist world and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of twelve books, most recently Politics Against Domination (Harvard University Press, 2016). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Shapiro is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Psychology, Psy auditorium (Psy 105)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty & Staff, Students, Alumni, General Public


Political Science


Public Policy Lecture Series
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