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America in Crisis? American Government and the 2016 Election

  • Cascades Library 21030 Whitfield Place Sterling, VA, 20165 United States (map)

This talk will overview the structure of American political institutions and discuss their role in upholding principles of American democracy in the long run. In the context of the 2016 presidential election, it will address several questions: How (and if) can an outcome of a single presidential election affect basic principles of the separation of powers and checks and balances? To what extent does a unified government (same party control of the executive and the legislative branches) undermine the principle of checks and balances, and what are the implications for American democracy? Finally, what is the role of the Electoral College and is just how vital is it for our democracy. This talk will be given by Olga Bogatyrenko. She received her PhD in political science in 2007 from University of California, Davis. She specializes in international relations, research methods and public policy, and she taught students in California, DC, and upstate New York

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