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Executive Power and the Crisis of Modern American Democracy

  • Professor Justin Hart (Texas Tech University)
Thursday 6 April 2023
PCNI Research Seminars 2022-2023
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

The talk will start with Watergate, considering it as a turning in the American democratic system that then failed to generate the necessary and expected reforms. Professor Hart will expound on the subsequent abuses of executive power that have characterized American history all the way up to current days, in which the prerogatives of the executive branch have been stretched both by Republican and Democratic presidents.

Justin Hart is President’s Excellence in Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University, where he is also Senior Fellow with the Institute for Peace and Conflict. He is the author of Empire of Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2013) and several articles and book chapters on US public diplomacy and the cultural dimensions of US foreign relations. He completed his Ph.D. in History at Rutgers University. His current project is a history of the failed campaign for Universal Military Training in the United States.

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