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The IVY Podcast


Dec 19, 2017

The United States Constitution, a document written nearly 250 years ago, continues to dictate politics in 2017. According to the political scientist, author, and University of Chicago Professor, William Howell — this is a problem.

In his new book, Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency, Dr. Howell argues that the political institutions we inherited from the Founding Fathers were simply not designed to solve the problems we face today.

In a live conversation with IVY, Dr, Howell expands on this argument and explains why it might not be such a bad idea to rewrite the centuries-old Constitution to create a better path forward for 21st-century democracy.