SCEPA: Is America Becoming Ungovernable?

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The U.S. government is running out of money – fast. While the country braces for a political showdown in February over increasing the debt limit, some speculate that political polarization is making the United States ungovernable.

Debates about the budget, taxes, social programs, and government spending are fundamental to our future. But these issues are increasingly lost in Washington’s prolonged and bitter fighting.

This panel of New School experts on economics and politics will discuss the past, present and future of political dysfunction from a perspective that is outside the mainstream debate of cuts vs. spending. They will explore the historical and structural causes that brought us here and offer new ideas for moving the country forward to overcome polarization on our key economic issues, including inequality, proper support for the elderly, and fair taxation.

Participants include:

  • Rick McGahey – The Politics of the Debt Limit Debate
    Professor of Professional Practice in Public Policy and Economics, Urban Policy
    , Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
  • Teresa Ghilarducci – Social Security and Medicare Are Not the Problem
    Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and Department Chair and Professor of Economics and Policy, The New School for Social Research
  • Darrick Hamilton – Obama’s Challenge: Addressing Inequality and Asset Building
    Associate Professor, Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
  • David Plotke – The Past and Future of Political Polarization
    Professor of Political Science, The New School for Social Research

Co-sponsored by Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement and the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), and The New School for Social Research.

Location:

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Admission:
Admission is free. RSVP at http://polarizedpolitics.eventbrite.com/.

Special Needs:

If a person attending your event has a special needs request, i.e. hearing assistance or wheelchair accessibility, they should contact the organizer of the event at:

Phone: 212.229.5901 x1
Email: scepa@newschool.edu



 
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