Please note this event is by invitation only.

Across its history, America has developed an array of institutions to preserve and advance our nation. Yet today, many citizens have lost confidence in these institutions. Correspondingly, scholars have identified a range of challenges US institutions are facing, including ones related to legitimacy, capacity, polarization, and recent technologies that are altering the ways citizens receive and engage with political information. Is the US facing a constitutional crisis? Even if not, has an empowered presidency and administrative state stripped Congress and the courts of their traditional authorities? And how does political polarization relate to the ways both political institutions such as elections and purportedly apolitical ones such as corporations operate?

The conference Challenges in American Institutions, held at the Hoover Institution, will explore these and related issues.

Conference presentations will occur in Blount Hall, Traitel Building.

Agenda

Thursday, May 4
Time Event Presenters Discussant/Chair

8:15 AM

Registration & Breakfast

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9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Brandice Canes-Wrone
Hoover Institution & Stanford University

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9:10 AM

"A Typology of Constitutional Crises" by Keith Whittington 

Keith Whittington
Princeton University

Discussant: Lee Epstein
University of Southern California

Discussant: Jonathan Gienapp
Stanford University

Chair: David M. Kennedy
Hoover Institution & Stanford University

10:25 am

Break

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10:45 AM

"Judicial Review of Presidential Agency Instructions: Can the President Use the Law to Get What She Wants?" by Paul J. Gardner and Sharece Thrower

Sharece Thrower
Vanderbilt University

Discussant: Tara Leigh Grove
University of Texas

Discussant: Andrew Reeves
Washington University in St. Louis

Chair: David Brady
Hoover Institution & Stanford University 

12:00 PM

Lunch

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1:15 PM

"Presidential Adjudication" by Emily Bremer

Emily Bremer
University of Notre Dame 

Discussant: Jonah Gelbach
University of California, Berkeley

Discussant: William Howell
University of Chicago

Chair: Daniel Kessler 
Hoover Institution & Stanford University 

2:30 PM

Break

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2:45 PM

"Who are the Election Skeptics? Evidence from the 2022 Midterm Elections" by Justin Grimmer, Sean Westwood, and Yphtach Lelkes

Preliminary draft available upon request

Justin Grimmer
Hoover Institution & Stanford University 

Discussant: Benjamin Ginsberg
Hoover Institution & Stanford University

Discussant: Seo-young Silvia Kim
American University

Chair: Stephen Haber
Hoover Institution & Stanford University 

4:00 PM

Break

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6:00 PM

Reception

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7:00 PM

Dinner

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Friday, May 5
Time Event Presenters Discussant/Chair

8:15 AM

Breakfast

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9:00 AM

"The Political Polarization of Corporate America" by Vyacheslav Fos, Elisabeth Kempf, and Margarita Tsoutsoura

Elisabeth Kempf
Harvard Business School

Discussant: Matthew Gentzkow
Stanford University

Discussant: Neil Malhotra
Stanford University

Chair: John Cogan
Hoover Institution & Stanford Univesity

10:15 AM

Break

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10:30 am

"Importance and Interpretive Questions" by Ilan Wurman

Ilan Wurman
Arizona State University

Discussant: David Lewis
Vanderbilt University

Discussant: Anne Joseph O'Connell
Stanford University 

Chair: Michael McConnell
Stanford University 

11:45 AM

Lunch

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1:00 PM

"Institutions, Risk, and Categories: The Political Economy of Essential Work" by Pamela J. Clouser McCann and Abby Wood

Preliminary draft available upon request

Abby Wood
University of Southern California 

Discussant: Sarah Anzia
University of California, Berkeley

Discussant: Tom Clark
Emory University & Stanford University

Chair: Morris Fiorina
Stanford University

2:15 PM

Break

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2:30 PM

"Governing Online Platforms: The Challenge of Political Participation" by Andrew Hall

Preliminary draft available upon request

Andrew Hall
Stanford University

Discussant: Pablo Montagnes
Emory University

Discussant: Amit Seru
Hoover Institution & Stanford University
 

Chair: Jennifer Burns
Stanford University

3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

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