Seth Masket Virtual Author Event

Join us Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm for a virtual event with local author Seth Masket, on his new book Learning From Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020. Masket’s fascinating book has garnered positive reviews from authors, critics, and political commentators alike. Please email to receive the Zoom link.

About the Author: Seth Masket is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver. Masket writes regularly for Mischiefs of Faction and FiveThirtyEight. His work has also appeared in Politico, the New York Times, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage. He is the author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How They Weaken Democracy (2016) and No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (2009).

About the Book: The Democrats' decision to nominate Joe Biden for 2020 was hardly a fluke but rather a strategic choice by a party that had elevated electability above all other concerns. In Learning from Loss, one of the nation's leading political analysts offers unique insight into the Democratic Party at a moment of uncertainty. Between 2017 and 2020, Seth Masket spoke with Democratic Party activists and followed the behavior of party leaders and donors to learn how the party was interpreting the 2016 election and thinking about a nominee for 2020. Masket traces the persistence of party factions and shows how interpretations of 2016 shaped strategic choices for 2020. Although diverse narratives emerged to explain defeat in 2016 - ranging from a focus on 'identity politics' to concerns about Clinton as a flawed candidate - these narratives collectively cleared the path for Biden.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
Learning from Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781108482127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cambridge University Press - September 22nd, 2020