Leadership, Ethics & Political Parties
Date(s) - May 31, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Missouri – St. Louis, Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
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Now in its sixth year, the Public Ethics Conference is designed to bring together public officials, regional civic and private sphere leadership, academics, journalists, the interested public, and students around a conversation on ideal political process.
This year’s focus is the structure and functioning of political parties and party leadership. The questions we seek to address in this conference are not about the Republican Party vs. the Democratic Party. Instead, the question is how political parties themselves should be structured/governed/shaped.
Here is an appetizer list of the kinds of questions we seek to address:
- Given they are technically private organizations with a very public role, what exactly is a political party?
- How should political parties structure their internal decision making?
- How much control should parties have over candidates?
- How much control should parties have over money?
- How much control should parties have over messaging/policy positions?
- How should parties deal with insurrections from the inside or outside?
- How does the role of a political party change in a one-party city or region?
- What are alternatives to the current party system that we might explore?
SCHEDULE & SESSIONS
Breakfast & Networking
One Party in Power: St. Louis City Democratic Leadership
This session will assemble a panel of St. Louis Democrats, current and former office holders and party members, to discuss what it means to be a big tent political party in a city where one party has a virtual monopoly on public office.
11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
One Party in Power: Missouri Legislative Republican Leadership
This session will assemble a panel of Republicans, current and former office holders and party leaders, to discuss what it means to be a big tent political party when the party has a virtual monopoly on legislative power, in this case, a supermajority in both houses and all but one statewide office.
Keynote: Congressman Mickey Edwards
Former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma (1977-1993), Harvard and Princeton Professor, Journalist, current Vice President of the Aspen Institute, and Author of The Parties vs. The People. Learn more.
Keynote Response: Dr. Daraka Larimore-Hall
Current Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party, Dr. Hall is also a sociologist who studies the functioning of political parties. Learn more.
This session will cap off the conference by bringing together leadership from both parties to talk about their shared experiences in leading a big tent party in today’s political climate.
$35 – General Admission
$25 – Students and FOCUS members
Registration includes breakfast, lunch and admission to all sessions.