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The Hoover Institution’s new Center for the Revitalization of American Institutions (RAI) hosted a conference on the "The State of American Institutions" on Thursday, November 30th - Friday, December 1st, at Stanford University.

From its founding, America has developed an array of institutions to preserve and advance our nation’s liberty and prosperity. Yet today, many citizens have lost confidence in those institutions, challenging their legitimacy and compromising their missions. In an objective, non-partisan spirit, and drawing on the scholarship, government experience, and convening power of the Hoover Institution, The Center for Revitalizing American Institutions studies the reasons behind the crisis in trust facing American institutions, analyze how they are operating in practice, evaluate proposals for reform, and offer policy recommendations to rebuild trust and increase their effectiveness.

*Panels were held in Hauck Auditorium unless stated otherwise. 

Thursday, November 30
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4:30 - 5:45 PM

Executive Leadership in a Polarized Era: Rebuilding Trust in American Institutions

Governors Wes Moore (MD) and Chris Sununu (NH) in conversation with Hoover Institution Director Condoleezza Rice

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6:30 - 8:30 PM

Dinner

By Invitation Only


Friday, December 1
Time Content Speakers

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

Location: Blount Hall and Traitel Pavilion

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9:00 - 9:15 AM

Introductory Remarks

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Director of the Center for Revitalizing American Institutions, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Executive Power and the Administrative State

Philip Hamburger, Maurice & Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Michael McConnell, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Stanford University 

Andrew Rudalevige, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

Sharece Thrower, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Associate Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Moderator: Daniel Kessler, Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow & Director of Research, Hoover Institution, Professor of Management and Law, Stanford University


10:30 - 11:30 AM

Revitalizing Trust in Congress

Sarah Binder, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution and Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

The Honorable Barbara Comstock, former US Representative (VA-10)

The Honorable Dan Lipinski, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, & former US Representative (IL-3)

Jonathan Rodden, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Moderator: Brandice Canes-Wrone, Director of the Center for Revitalizing Institutions, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Public Opinion, Primaries, & the 2024 Election: A Lunch Panel and Conversation

Location: Blount Hall

David Brady, Davies Family Senior Fellow, Emeritus, Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Stanford University

David Kennedy, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution and Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University

Douglas Rivers, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Moderator: D. Sunshine Hillygus, Professor of Political Science, Duke University 


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Revitalizing Trust in the Military

The Honorable Joni Ernst, United States Senator for Iowa

Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

General Jim Mattis, Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, and former Secretary of Defense

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and former National Security Advisor

Moderator: Stephen Kotkin, Kleinheinz Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University


2:15 - 3:15 PM

Universities and Civic Culture

 

Anna Grzymala-Busse, Senior Fellow (courtesy), Hoover Institution, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Political Science, Stanford University

Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University

Josiah Ober, Senior Fellow (courtesy), Hoover Institution, The Markos & Eleni Kounalakis Chair in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis, Professor of Political Science and Classics

Keith Whittington, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Moderator: Stephen Haber, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor, Political Science, Stanford University

 


3:30 - 4:30 PM

Administration and Trust in Elections

Ben Ginsberg, Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

Justin Grimmer, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Lieutenant Governor Deidre M. Henderson, State of Utah

Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University 

Moderator: Sarah Anzia, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Professor of Public Policy & Political Science, University of California-Berkeley


4:30 - 5:30 PM

Reception in Fairweather Courtyard

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