Course Details

915: Populism and the Presidency

February 1, 2, 3, 4
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Populism, a word used evermore frequently, has acquired a number of meanings for scholars and political analysts. While many definitions present various attributes of the issue, there is growing agreement that populism, no matter how defined, is a serous modern-day problem that poses escalating challenges to our basic concepts of democracy as never before. Based on the recently published book Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy, by William Howell and Terry Moe, one school of thought points toward the surprising tactic of utilizing the executive branch over the Constitutionally preferred legislative branch to address the problem. We will read the book and discuss the merits of the argument.

Class Format: Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Penny Hansen
Penelope Hansen directed numerous programs at the Environmental Protection Agency during its first 30 years and subsequently consulted on environmental issues around the world. She has focused her retirement on the study of the judicial system and conducts an ever-evolving OLLI course each semester on "Today's Supreme Court."

Reading List:

Presidents, Populism, & the Crisis of Democracy (William G. Howell & Terry M. Moe) | 2020: University of Chicago Press | ISBN: 13:978-0-226-76317-0 | Required