The Dreier Roundtable is hosting a series of public policy related luncheon talks starting this Monday at the Athenaeum, and you’re invited! Understand the connection between think tank research and the policy process from California state legislative veteran Deborah Gonzalez ’85 of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Engage with politics of trade and learn from the experts in a panel conversation on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with former US Representative David Dreier ’75, Carlos Garcia de Alba, Mexican Consul in Los Angeles, and Prof. Roderic Camp of the CMC government department. And get the DC perspective on American politics since Donald Trump’s election from the nationally renowned think tank scholar Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.
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Monday, November 06, 2017 – Lunch Program
Deborah Gonzalez ’85 P’14
Think tanks play an important role in the U.S. policy process, attempting to improve lawmaking and governance by testing political assumptions through empirical research, and offering policy alternatives based on evidence. However, a think tank’s ability to influence policymaking rarely hinges on the strength of its claims or the quality of its findings. Deborah Gonzalez ’85, the director of government affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), will discuss the divide between policy research and the policy process in California government, and ways in which the two can work better together to improve lawmaking.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 – Lunch Program
Roderic Camp, David Dreier, and Carlos Garcia de Alba, panelists
Bucking traditional Republican consensus favoring free trade and calling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country,” President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, and is currently reconsidering America’s membership in NAFTA. Former U.S. Representative David Dreier, a leader in the 1993 creation of NAFTA, Ambassador Carlos Garcia de Alba, Mexico’s Consul General in Los Angeles, and Roderic Camp, professor of government at Claremont McKenna, will discuss the origins of the trade agreement, its contributions to North American prosperity, and its imperiled future under President Trump.
Monday, November 13, 2017 – Lunch Program
One Nation After Trump: The Challenge of Trump and Trumpism to Governance and Society
Donald Trump’s election and his actions so far in office have dramatically changed our political landscape and have brought us to uncharted territory in terms of our society and its governance. Norman Ornstein, a longtime observer and analyst of American politics and the US Congress, will share his perspective on this new political frontier and outline prospects for our country’s future, including ways that we can avoid some of our past mistakes, and offer a framework with which to understand the “new sense of citizenship” that is developing in the US.