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The Reactive American Presidency and its Perils

The Reactive American Presidency and its Perils
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Feb 11th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 11th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Law, Faculty of , 2000-
Jeremi Suri, University of Texas

The Munk Centre for Global Affairs presents:

The Reactive American Presidency and its Perils

The American presidency is the most powerful political office in the world, and its power continuously grows in the public imagination. Surprisingly, most contemporary presidents have found themselves severely constrained in their ability to pursue their chosen agendas for domestic and foreign policy change. This lecture will explain why, focusing on the nature of government bureaucracy, the range of American challenges and commitments, and the development of the modern media. The constraints on the presidency have turned this powerful office into an essentially reactive institution that is more tactical than strategic, and therefore unlikely to fulfill major promises. The reactive presidency is, therefore, a disappointing presidency. The lecture will close with some reflections on how Americans can improve presidential leadership in future years. Reforms must center on the institution more than the particular occupant of the office.

Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/19961/register/

For further information, contact Jack Cunningham at 416-946-8900.

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