Government: Do We Need MORE or LESS?

Date(s) - 05/15/19
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Ida Noyes Hall University of Chicago

Hosted by
Institute of Politics

Wed, May 15, 2019 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Join the IOP for a friendly debate featuring former Governors Jack Markell (D-DE) and Mark Sanford (R-SC), moderated by Institute Director David Axelrod.

At the core of the many policy differences between the modern Republican and Democratic parties, one key philosophical question divides them: should the government play a greater role in Americans’ everyday lives, or a lesser role? After all, the balance between preserving liberties and violating them is not an easy one to strike.

Is a smaller government more effective? How much power should our government consolidate in order to protect and serve its citizens and what at what point, if any, is government too strong? How do these contrasting visions of more vs. less government connect to current debates about whether American capitalism is serving all citizens well enough?

Both Gov. Markell and Gov. Sanford are IOP Pritzker Fellows this quarter.

  • This event is free and open to UChicago students, faculty, staff and the public.