Victories in both Georgia Senate runoffs capped a successful 2020 election season for the Democratic Party – defeating an incumbent President, regaining control of the Senate, and making inroads in the traditional Republican heartland of Georgia and Arizona. Yet, as the musical Hamilton reminds us, ‘winning is easy, governing is harder’ and divining a policy agenda to secure the votes of Joe Manchin and proponents of the Green New Deal will prove a challenge. To discuss the future of the Democratic Party, we are delighted to welcome political scientists Julia Azari, author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate, and Seth Masket, author of Learning from Loss: The Democratic Party, 2016-20.
Julia Azari is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. Azari's research interests include the American presidency, American political development, and political parties. Her research looks at the relationship between presidents and parties, how formal and informal rules matter, and how change occurs across different institutions. Her most recent publication is Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate. Her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, and FiveThirtyEight.
Seth Masket is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for American Politics at the University of Denver. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and British Journal of Political Science. He has also written for the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight and the Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage. He is most recently the author of Learning From Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020 (Cambridge University Press).