Post-Election Debriefing: The Future of American Democracy

Post-Election Debriefing: The Future of American Democracy
Friday, December 4, 2 pm (EST)

The 2020 presidential election tested the political system and brought American democracy close to the brink. President Donald Trump made continued claims of fraud over mail-in ballots, even during the pandemic, and he encouraged his white nationalist and other supporters to disrupt the voting process. Long after his loss became clear, he and other elected Republican officials refused to accept the results and persisted in making unfounded claims of fraud. How well will the political system respond to these historic challenges? Will it show American democracy to be resilient, or will it deteriorate toward authoritarianism? What will the Biden presidency mean for these trends? And what will this election portend for Congress, the states, the Republican and Democratic parties – and for the future of American politics? The event is co-sponsored by the Einaudi Center and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.


Frances Lee is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her most recent book, coauthored with James M. Curry, is The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era (2020). She is also author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (2016) and Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (2009).

Christopher S. Parker is the Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science in the department of political science at the University of Washington, Seattle. Parker is the author of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton).

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, with Jacob S. Hacker.


Robert C. Lieberman is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is a scholar of American political development, race and politics, public policy, and democracy and the author of several prize-winning books. His most recent book is Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy (with Suzanne Mettler). He is a co-convenor of the American Democracy Collaborative. He previously served as provost of Johns Hopkins and as dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.