Barack Obama and the American Political Tradition

Lecture Description

Barack Obama’s interest in conciliation was often mistaken for weakness. Instead, as Kloppenberg shows, it grew from his own experience and the ideas that were pivotal in his intellectual formation. The structure of American democracy, and the multi-dimensional polarization of the nation, require presidents to work with those opposed to them. Their inability to bridge partisan divides, which Obama tried to do throughout his presidency, explains the paralysis of American democracy.


Politics Presidential

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