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Pillars of Democracy Launches with First Event on US Congress

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The Kluge Center’s new series looking at how American institutions have lost the trust of the public premieres at 4pm today. You can still register and watch here. But if you miss the live event today, the recorded event will be available beginning on July 22 on the Library of Congress Youtube channel.

Learn more about today’s event before you watch:

The US Congress

John Haskell, Director, John W. Kluge Center

Frances Lee is a professor of political science at Princeton University and the 2019 Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking. Lee is the author of “Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign” (2016), “Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate” (2009), and co-author of “Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation” (1999). Lee is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Richard F. Fenno Award, the D.B. Hardeman Award from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and the American Political Science Association’s E.E. Schattschneider Award.

Sarah Binder is the most recent Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, professor of political science at George Washington University and senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. An expert in Congress and legislative politics, her current research explores the historical and contemporary relationship between Congress and the Federal Reserve. Her co-authored book, “The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve” was published by Princeton University Press in 2017. She is associate editor of The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Philip Wallach is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies America’s separation of powers, with a focus on regulatory policy issues and the relationship between Congress and the administrative state. Before joining AEI, Dr. Wallach was a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, where he authored “To the Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). He was later affiliated with the R Street Institute and served as a fellow with the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress in 2019.

Any views expressed by the panelists are solely their own, and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Library of Congress, the American Enterprise Institute or the Brookings Institution.

Additional information on the upcoming events will become available in the months ahead. Subscribe to the Kluge Center blog here for updates on the series.

This series of events is co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute.


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