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March 4, 2022

The State of the Union: Checks and Balances Edition with Andrew Rudalevige

On March 1, President Joe Biden delivers the annual State of the Union address. But what is the state of our constitutional system of checks and balances? Over time, presidents have exercised increasing power, some of it delegated by Congress, some of it assumed unilaterally. From the war powers to executive orders, how has the Biden administration grappled with the inheritance of its predecessors? When is presidential power legitimate, and when is it problematic? Can an often invisible Congress regain its prerogatives vis-à-vis the imperial presidency?

February 24, 2022

Jeremy Pope: How the U.S. Constitution Aggravates Party Polarization

Polarization is often discussed as a modern phenomenon, something that has happened in the past half-century. While no doubt true, this framing omits the constitutional underpinnings that exacerbate polarization and leave it entrenched in the specific way we see it now. The constitution framework ultimately creates a political environment where the ideological parties of our own day cannot meet the prerequisites set by the constitutional system. Power can be gained for a time—meaning an election cycle or two—but not in a sustained or sizable way. The resulting national politics is one where the parties may be ideologically coherent but are incapable of meeting the bar set by the Constitution.

Events IOP in Action
October 7, 2021

Strengthening American Democracy: Overcoming the Challenges Women Face in Running for Office

Join us for a presentation from Christina Reynolds, the Vice President of EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to public office in the first of the IOP’s Strengthening American Democracy Speaker series. Christina is the co-author, with EMILY’s List former President Stephanie Schriock, of Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World. Her presentation will focus on the challenges that women face in the electoral arena and how candidates and organizations that support them can work to overcome those challenges.

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October 5, 2021

Engaged Education: Integrating Art and Civics

Join the IOP@FSU as Dr. Sara Scott Shields and Dr. Rachel Fendler discuss their work with interdisciplinary teams at schools in historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. We’ll be discussing the key takeaways of this collaborative project and answer questions from our attendees.

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September 8, 2021

Who Do You Trust? Public Opinion on Handling the Pandemic

This webinar features a study by Associate Professor of Political Science Amanda Driscoll and political science Ph.D. student Taylor Chewning, using a nationally representative survey to explore how Americans view the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The political scientists will discuss some of the study’s key findings and take questions from attendees.

May 6, 2021

IOP@FSU Discussion with Senator Angus King

Join the IOP@FSU for a discussion with Senator Angus King (I-Maine) hosted by IOP undergraduate fellows and IOP Director Hans Hassell focused on public service, bipartisanship, and civility in politics. Senator Angus King is one of two independents in the U.S. Senate and has represented the State of Maine since 2013. Prior to becoming a US Senator, he served as Governor of Maine, also as an independent, between 1995 and 2003.

April 22, 2021

Political Civility: Encouraging Problem Solving

The IOP@FSU is excited to host Margaret White, Executive Director of No Labels, and former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), in an event moderated by the Honorable Al Cardenas. Their discussion will highlight the importance of bipartisanship and political civility and focus on how we can encourage problem solving in a polarized Congress and in our own local communities.