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IPR Colloq.: J. Druckman (IPR/Political Science) - (Dis)trust in America

When: Monday, November 27, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Chambers Hall, Ruan Conference Room (lower level), 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Ethan Teekah   (847) 491-3395

Group: Institute For Policy Research

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


"(Dis)trust in America"*

by James Druckman, the Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate Director and Fellow

Abstract: Twenty-first century American politics has been tumultuous. Common explanations for America’s societal and political divide and seeming inability to act collectively include changes in media technology, elite polarization, social and ideological sorting, nationalization of institutions, and unprecedented tribal polarization. This project instead argues that the most concerning and consequential development has been a polarization around trust in scientific institutions. This has come about due to partisan realignment and resulted in two parties—who are charged with collaborating to produce collective goods—operating from entirely distinct epistemologies.

This event is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Fall 2023 Colloquium Series, where IPR researchers from around the University share their latest policy-relevant research.

Please note all colloquia this quarter will be held in-person only.

*This research presentation will involve work in progress.



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