Transfer of Power: Insurrections, Inaugurations, and the Future of Democracy


As Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris assume office as President and Vice President of the United States in the shadow of riots at the US Capitol, many wonder what political violence and unprecedented distrust in institutions says about the health of democracy in the United States and around the world. Institute Director James A. Robinson joined Harris Professors William Howell of the Center for Effective Government and Anthony Fowler for an episode of Not Another Politics Podcast. The panelists analyzed the state of US democracy through a global, historical lens and what Americans mean when they say, “It can’t happen here.” Introduction given by Pearson Fellow Aishwarya Raje.

How nations struggle for liberty


Institute Director James Robinson presents themes from his coauthored book The Narrow Corridor virtually at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

Pearson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Ben Rhodes

Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy Katherine Baicker moderates a discussion with Ben Rhodes, former deputy US National Security Advisor in a 2019 edition of The Pearson Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series.

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