This year's Winant Lecture in American Government will be given by Stephen Skowronek at 5pm on Tuesday 12 February, at the RAI. The title is:
Has American democracy outstripped its institutional foundations? Principles without traction in 21st century governance.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Stephen Skowronek is John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government for 2018-19 and Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. His research is concerned with American national institutions and political history. His publications include Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 (1982), The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton (1997), The Search for American Political Development (2004, with Karen Orren), and Presidential Leadership in Political Time: Reprise and Reappraisal (2008).
The John Gilbert Winant Visiting Professorship in American Government is named after John G. ‘Gil’ Winant, who served as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's from 1941 until 1946 and was instrumental in forging the wartime alliance between the U.S. and Great Britain. The Winant Chair was founded by Rivington Winant, Gil Winant’s younger son, and his wife Joan. It has been held by many of the most distinguished scholars of American politics and government.