The 2024 election and the struggle for America's economic future

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Project on Democracy and Capitalism

The 2024 election and the struggle for America's economic future

Jamelle Bouie, Suzanne Mettler, Scott C. Miller, Sidney Milkis (moderator)

Friday, May 10, 2024
1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT)
Event Details



Polarization in the United States is at the heart of the current tension between self-government and free markets. All of the challenges that test this relationship—social, political, and economic inequality; climate change; and monopolization—require an active and competent government. However, the current tribalism that disrupts democracy in America makes meeting these challenges extraordinary difficult, if not unlikely.

The Miller Center hosts a conversation with Suzanne Mettler, professor of American institutions at Cornell University; Jamelle Bouie, New York Times columnist; and Scott Miller, director of the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism, to consider how the current conflicts over the political economy in the United States are likely to affect the approaching campaign for the White House and Congress.

This event is presented by the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism.

Friday, May 10, 2024
1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA
Jamelle Bouie headshot courtesy of NY Times

Jamelle Bouie

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington, DC, Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers history and politics. Prior to the Times, Bouie was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. Before that, he was a staff writer at The Daily Beast and held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. He is also a photographer, documenting his surroundings using digital and analog tools, and is co-host of the Unclear and Present Danger podcast. Bouie attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in political and social thought, and government. 

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Suzanne Mettler

Suzanne Mettler is the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the government department at Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests include American political development, inequality, public policy, political behavior, and democracy. She is the author of six books, including, most recently, Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy (St. Martin’s Press, 2020), co-authored with Robert C. Lieberman. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships, and serves on the boards of the Scholars Strategy Network and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

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Scott C. Miller

Scott C. Miller is the director of the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism and an assistant professor at the Miller Center. From 2019 to 2021, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in economic and business history at the Yale School of Management’s International Center for Finance. As an economic historian, Miller examines the development of modern economic systems, particularly during periods of instability and volatility. He is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly papers on economic history, financial crises, and the interplay between societal and economic change. He also has written or co-written 10 case studies on financial crises and economic development.

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Sidney Milkis (moderator)

Sidney M. Milkis is the Miller Center’s White Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs, Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor, and UVA professor of politics. His research focuses on the American presidency, political parties and elections, social movements, and American political development. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and participates in programs for international scholars and high school teachers that probe the deep historical roots of contemporary developments in the United States. His many books include the recently published Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics.