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Why the party system has to go and what should replace it? A Discussion with David Berlin and Archon Fung

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Wexner Building, Room 332 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

The Party system, Washington wrote in 1797, "opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of political parties Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another".   Washington's remarks seem strangely compelling and prescient given Mueller's current Investigation into Trump's alleged ties with Russia.  One might have expected that the press and the pundits recall Washington's warning.  But they haven't. Perhaps because pundits worry that undermining the party system may undermine the Republic as a whole.  But perhaps there is a good alternative to the (two) party system. David Berlin will discuss an alternative system.

Note that this event will be held on the HKS Campus in Wexner 332