Mann and Shapiro Ask, “Can Politics Be Fixed?” The State of Democracy Lecture on March 22


The State of Democracy Lecture Series

Can Politics Be Fixed?

In recent books, Thomas Mann and Ira Shapiro have decried the dysfunction in various aspects of our national political system. It seems as though things have only become WORSE since they wrote. With a particular focus on Congress, the two authors — Mann a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Shapiro a former senior Senate staffer and member of the Clinton Administration — consider the roots of the problem, and why we might be poised for a REVIVAL.


Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A regular contributor to newspaper stories and television and radio programs on politics and governance, he is co‐author with Norman Ornstein of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How To Get It Back on Track and, most recently, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of  Extremism.

shapiroi75px[1]Ambassador Ira Shapiro served for 12 years in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate. Following that, he was a trade negotiator in the Clinton Administration, and helped to complete the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Author of  The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis, Shapiro is currently an international trade lawyer.

Maxwell Auditorium

Friday, March 22
4 p.m.

A reception follows the lecture in 220 Eggers Hall
Guests are welcome and no RSVP is required

Special Parking Arrangements
Park at the Irving Avenue Garage and indicate you are attending the Mann & Shapiro/State of Democracy/Maxwell School event
to receive the special lecture parking rate

Can’t make it to campus?
The event will be streamed live on Ustream and archived on the Maxwell School  YouTube channel

The State of Democracy Lectures Series is dedicated to providing a forum for meaningful dialogue over public issues that cut across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. The series is a centerpiece of the Maxwell School. It enables the intellectual exploration of current events and issues while fostering discussion and debate, which is the heart of meaningful democratic citizenship.  For more information visit  The Campbell Public Affairs Institute.


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