American Democracy and the 2020 Election
Elections are the linchpin of democracy and go hand-in-hand with the peaceful transition of power. Yet, a recent McCourtney Institute for Democracy poll found that most Americans did not identify things like elections and voting as what they most value about democracy. Further, only among older Americans did a majority agree that democracy is the “best system of government”. This talk considers how the American public feels about democracy, and how the 2020 election—in the context of partisan polarization, state control of election administration, and accusations of “rigging”—further risks the integrity of American democracy. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 27th at noon on Zoom.
The author of three books and numerous articles on American politics, Michael Berkman has taught at Penn State for over thirty years. The director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Berkman co-hosts the Democracy Works podcast and works with the Institute’s Mood of the Nation Poll. In 2019 he was awarded the Penn State President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration and previously received the College of the Liberal Arts Distinction in Social Sciences Award and Welch Alumni Relations Award.
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