American Democracy and Its Institutions

Wednesday, February 17 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

This is a past event.

American democracy has had a rough go recently.

On January 6th, a mob stormed the U.S. capitol and tried to halt the constitutionally mandated transfer of power. Congress, the people’s branch, has had an approval rating stuck below 40% for over a decade. Support for democracy and its institutions has been waning, with younger Americans – in larger numbers than past generations – saying living in a democracy is not essential. What is it about American institutions today that has brought about these attitudinal shifts? What, if anything, needs to change?

In this first USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) Fellows roundtable of 2021, CPF Fellows Barbara Comstock, Shaniqua McClendon, and Todd Purdum will discuss institutional aspects of American democracy from the Senate and the filibuster to gerrymandering and political parties. This discussion will be moderated by CPF Fellows Manager, Harry Burke. 

USC students will participate in the Q&A. They will submit their question below and if selected would be expected to attend the webinar and ask their question to the Fellows live on the webinar. This event will be open to the public for viewing on Zoom and through Facebook live.

CLICK HERE to register in advance. USC students, submit your questions here.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


humanities, Politics, Dornsife, cpf

Center for the Political Future
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