Rethinking the US Right: Are there lessons for Britain?

Thursday 13 June 2013

In a keynote address at a conference organized by University of London , the leading US political scientist and Columbia University Professor Richard Pious will discuss differences in American attitudes to federal and state control, for example over the use of drones. That the split is no longer along party lines proves interesting parallels to the UK.

This conference on American Conservatism: Rethinking the US Right, which takes place on 14 June 2013, has been jointly organised by the Institute for the Americas at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. The conference brings together leading academic speakers from across the US and the UK, with additional contributions from Spain and Denmark.

Dr Eddie Ashbee of Copenhagen Business School will also discuss the links between UK Conservative modernizers, including David Cameron, and the US Republican party in his talk on Trans-Atlantic Policy Loops.

Professor Pious of both Columbia University and Barnard College will conclude

“It may be counterintuitive but it is true that in both domestic and war powers, it is the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and the progressive wing of the Republican Party that have pushed executive power to its extremes.”

The Institute for the Study of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK. Internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for research and research facilitation, ISA also provides resources to the wider academic community, serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars.

To find out more about the conference, please see the programme or contact Olga Jimenez.