Mittwoch 10.05. 18.00 Uhr

The Dysfunctional States of America? The U.S. Political System and Political Polarization

Teacher Training

Location: DAZ
Admission: 10 Euro, DAZ members 7 Euro, students and trainee teachers free of charge
Language: English
Duration: 18.00-20.00
Registration: via school@daz.org

As the world’s oldest democracy, the U.S. has survived major political crises and challenges. However, in recent years  polarization and partisanship have grown to a level that the American political system is frequently described as “dysfunctional” and “broken”. Some commentators even worry about another civil war. The attack on the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2021 sent shockwaves through the country. While in 2004 Thomas Frank asked “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” one might now ask the question: What’s the Matter with the U.S.?

This teacher training will focus on the U.S. political system, arguing that in order to truly understand many of the current problems it is necessary to take a deeper historical look at the Constitution and the way political structures have changed and developed, the constraints they impose as well as the opportunities for reform.

With: Dr. Andreas Etges, LMU München

Dr. Andreas Etges

Dr. Andreas Etges is a historian at the Amerika-Institut of the University in Munich (LMU). He regularly teaches classes on U.S. politics, the presidency, and the American political system. He is frequently interviewed by German and international media on US politics, elections, and on Transatlantic relations.