Good Governance and the Democratic Process

The “causes of faction are…sown in the nature of man,” said James Madison. But could the founders have foreseen the level of political polarization we’re seeing today? They certainly tried. That’s why we have separation of powers, checks and balances, and the Bill of Rights. In many ways, these institutions are under attack. Power has been concentrated, and minority rights have been threatened. What shall become of our constitutional system?

In this episode, we navigate this treacherous onslaught with Dean Jack Knott.

Dean Knott is the Dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he also holds the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the former President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

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Related Reading

“A Message to the Price School Community: Good Citizenship” by Jack H. Knott
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“Election Day Message to the Price School Community” by Jack H. Knott
“When Ambition Checks Ambition: Bureaucratic Trustees and the Separation of Powers” by Jack H. Knott and Gary J. Miller
“Designing Independent Bureaucracies: Economic Development, the Core, and Credible Commitment” by Jack H. Knott and Gary J. Miller
“The Impact of State Governance Structures on Management and Performance of Public Organizations: A Study of Higher Education Institutions” by Jack H. Knott and A. Abigail Payne