Has democracy come to an end?

The United States currently faces a historic crisis that threatens our system of self-government, writes William Howell and Terry Moe in their new book, Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy. If democracy is to be saved, the causes of the crisis must be understood and defused. This discussion includes Howell along with Miller Center senior fellows Ron Christie and Rachel Potter.

This event is co-sponsored by UVA's Miller Center.


Ron Christie
Ron Christie is a Miller Center practitioner senior fellow and founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a full-service communications and issues management firm in Washington, D.C. Christie is also the author of three books: Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal, Acting White: The Birth and Death of a Racial Slur, and Black in the White House. Christie served as a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University and as an inaugural resident fellow at the University of Southern California Center for the Political Future.

William Howell
William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a professor in the department of political science and the College, and the director of the Center for Effective Government. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on President Barack Obama's education initiatives, distributive politics, and the normative foundations of executive power. Howell is the author, most recently, of Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016), with Terry M. Moe.

Rachel Augustine Potter
Rachel Augustine Potter, a Miller Center faculty senior fellow, is an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the hidden politics of procedure and process in American political institutions, with a particular focus on bureaucracy and regulation. Her book Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) received the American Political Science Association's Theodore Lowi Award for the best first book in any field of political science, APSA's Richard Neustadt Award for the best book on executive politics, and the National Academy of Public Administration's Louis Brownlow Award for the best book on public administration.


Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time and Location: 
4pm, Harrison Inst & Virtual