Can Partisan Representatives Make a Nonpartisan Constitution Work?


Sep. 15, 2021, 4pm to 6pm

Office/Remote Location



An online lecture by Russell Muirhead, the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College

Nowhere does the US Constitution mention political parties, yet parties and partisanship are everywhere in the practical operation of government. Everyone in the House of Representatives and the Senate (except Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine) is a partisan. And there is good evidence that our partisan representatives are more extreme than they used to be. Can partisans make our nonpartisan Constitution work? Are things as broken as they seem?

The purpose of this lecture is to celebrate Constitution Day (which occurs on September 17).

Admission Information

The lecture is free and open to the public. To receive a link to the lecture, send email to Professor David Fott (

Contact Information

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
David Fott

External Sponsor

Funding for this lecture is provided by the Jack Miller Center.