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Date and Location

February 28, 2019
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
124 Mt. Auburn - Suite 200n Foyer

Contact

617-495-4264
Join Kurt Weyland, Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, in discussion. To elucidate the prospects of U.S. democracy under President Trump, this talk will analyze the regime impact of populist chief executives in Europe and Latin America. Professor Weyland's investigation finds that institutional weakness is a crucial permissive cause for democratic backsliding. Yet even in weaker institutional settings, authoritarian regression only advances under special circumstances, namely when acute yet resolvable crises or extraordinary bonanzas allow populist leaders to win overwhelming support – and then override institutional constraints. Because none of these conditions prevails in the U.S., an undemocratic involution is exceedingly unlikely.