Democracy Forum. Checks and Balances: What Are They? Are They Working?

WMPG 90.9 FM
Portland, ME
Sunday, October 2, 2022
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM that is rebroadcast on WMPG-FM.

This month, we'll have a conversation on how the three branches of government check each other: executive, judicial, legislative. Why did it matter to the Framers, and why does it matter to us? Of what importance is mutual and self-regard among the branches:  each branch protecting its own institution and backing up the other branches? Is the public one of the checks -- with political consequences creating a limit on extremism? Does it seem to be working right now? Why or why not?

Special Guests:

  • Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
  • Andrew Rudalevige, Chair of the Department of Government and Legal Studies, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

Learn more here.

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