American Politics and Political Violence: The Best Possible Accommodation?

Thursday, April, 13th, 12:30 pm (EST)

Comodal event: in person Salon orange (Centre Pierre-Péladeau) / online - live broadcast

Cette conférence est maintenant disponible sur le Balado de la Chaire & sur YouTube


From its settler-colonial and constitutional foundation the United States has experienced periodic episodes and acts of political violence, including one internal civil war, bitter industrial conflicts, violence rooted in enslavement and segregation, people displacement from indigenous lands and riots. These acts of political violence are more persistent and widespread than in other liberal democracies. Charlottesville 2017 and January 6 2021 are powerful recent expressions of political violence in the American tradition.

How is this political violence accommodated in the US’s political democracy?  The answer identifies constitutional, ideological and historical sources of accommodation, will explain Professor Desmond King in this conference.

Desmond King is the Andrew W Mellon Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford, and author of several books and papers about U.S. politics, including Making Americans: Immigration, Race and the Origins of the Diverse Democracy, Still a House Divided: Race and Politics I Obama’s America and «Forceful Federalism against American Racial Inequality», Government and Opposition (2017). He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the American Philosophical Society.

This event, in English, will be hosted by Christophe Cloutier-Roy, Deputy Director of the Center for United States Studies.