March 2, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Grant on ‘Why Do Fascists Continue To Use The Law?’ on April 12

Dr. Judith Grant, portrait

Dr. Judith Grant

Dr. Judith Grant, Professor of Political Science at Ohio University and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, presents at the University of Cincinnati Political Science Department and Taft Research Center on Monday, April 12, at 4 p.m. online via Zoom.

Grant’s presentation is titled “Why Do Fascists Continue to Use the Law? Returning to Marxist state theory to think about Trumpism.”

“The Taft Lecture at UC will be my first major presentation of new research that is part of a book length project that uses state theory to analyze the path leading up to the Trump administration and the radicalization of the GOP in the U.S.,” Grant says. “In the Taft lecture, I will be focusing on the law in liberal capitalist states and the ways that it can allow ultra-right regimes to use liberal legal systems to their advantage by dislodging the idea of legality from majoritarian parliamentarianism.”

Her work in this topic began with an interest in the mainstreaming of conspiracy theory in American politics and globally. In 2017, she taught two classes on the topic at Ohio University.

“Since then, the project has expanded significantly, and I now understand conspiracy theory as only one part of a larger set of changes in American politics going back to the Nixon administration,” she said.

More information about the event can be seen on the Taft Center’s website.


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