Center for the Study of Representative Institutions: “Ideas of Power: The Politics of American Party Ideology Development”
On November 12, 2020, the Center for the Study of Representative Institutions at Yale University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting JMC fellow Verlan Lewis to discuss his recent book, Ideas of Power: The Politics of American Party Ideology Development:
This groundbreaking book challenges the dominant view of ideology held by both political scientists and political commentators. Rather than viewing ideological constructs like liberalism and conservatism as static concepts with fixed and enduring content, Professor Verlan Lewis explains how the very meanings of liberalism and conservatism frequently change along with the ideologies of the two major parties in American politics. Testing a new theory to help explain why party ideologies evolve the way that they do, this book traces the history of American political parties from the Hamiltonian Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans of the 1790s to the liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans of today. Ideas of Power shows us how changing party control of government institutions, such as Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court, influences how party ideologies develop.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 4:00 PM EST
A virtual event • Yale University
Verlan Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His interests include American political institutions and development, political thought, and intellectual history. Professor Lewis’ research focuses on how political institutions and ideas interact over time, and his work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Studies in American Political Development, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Forum, and The Washington Post.
Professor Lewis is a JMC fellow.
The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions (YCRI) at Yale University is an interdisciplinary pilot program, established for the purpose of developing the study of the theory and practice of representative government in the Anglo-American tradition. It is hosted by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.
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