Politics of the Present

Populism and Religion: The Popular and Elite Roots of Republican Extremism in the United States

Thursday, November 2, 2017  4:00pm Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall), World Room

Populism and Religion Pt. III, Theda Skocpol: 
The Popular and Elite Roots of Republican Extremism in the United States

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To explain the distinct but intertwined popular and elite roots of Republican extremism in the United States, Skocpol draws on her research on the Tea Party, on the Koch political network, and on local developments in eight pro-Trump counties in non-big-city areas of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In that latter project, she is repeatedly visiting the study counties and conducting interviews with residents, local media, and community leaders to discover their reactions to political conflicts and policy shifts in the unfolding Trump presidency.

 

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    Theda Skocpol

    Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology

    Harvard University

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