April 29, 2024

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm, Pacific Time

Defending American Democracy: Resistance to Autocracy from Trump and Trumpism

Lunch will be provided for registered guests.

Autocracy negates democracy—which requires that the state be responsible to an electorate composed of all eligible voters—by concentrating unconstrained power in a single individual. In his new book, How Autocrats Seek Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism (Routledge; March 26, 2024) UCLA Law Professor Richard Abel, Ph.D. chronicles and analyses resistance to the threat that autocracy poses in liberal democracy. He provides the definitive account of the rise of Trump’s popular support in 2016, and his failed efforts to nullify the result of the 2020 election. Shirin Sinnar, William W. and Gertrude H. Saunders Professor of Law at Stanford Law School will provide welcome remarks.

This event is co-sponsored by the Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession, the American Constitutional Society (ACS) and Neukom Center for the Rule of Law.