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Thursday, January 16, 2020
|55 Plus Meeting "In The Ruins of Constitutional Government|
FSML History Club
All Members of FSML are invited
Please contact Carl Rosencrown if you would like to attend. 732-928-0790, firstname.lastname@example.org
We will leave for Princeton at 8:45 AM
Thursday, January 16 @ 10 a.m.
55PLUS MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
"In The Ruins of Constitutional Government"
Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University
Date: January 16, 2020; meeting # 602
Topic: In the Ruins of Constitutional Government
Speaker: Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Around the world, democratic citizenries are electing leaders who proceed to dismantle previously existing constitutional constraints on the power of the executive. From Hungary and Poland, to Venezuela and Ecuador, to Turkey and Russia, and perhaps even to the United States, democratically elected leaders are eschewing checks and balances and rejecting independent judiciaries, media and civil society. These new autocratic leaders appear wildly popular and are often reelected. Why have democratically elected leaders with autocratic aspirations appeared across such a wide array of democratic governments at once? How have they undermined constitutional government and yet claimed democratic legitimacy? And what can be done to restore the promise of constitutionalism?
Professor Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005-2015, she was Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. Her many publications in law reviews, in social science journals and in many languages cover these topics and others. Scheppele is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2014, she received the Law and Society Association's Kalven Prize for influential scholarship. During 2017-2019, she was the elected President of the Law and Society Association.