February 12, 2018 | 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM | Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room 
The Trump White House promised “deconstruction of the administrative state”. But what does that mean? Is it happening? In this talk, Professor David E. Lewis of Vanderbilt University will assess President Trump’s approach to managing the executive branch during his first year in office, including his appointments (and vacancies); his organizational initiatives; and the interaction of political appointees and civil servants as the White House seeks to control the wider bureaucracy.
Lewis is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. An expert on the presidency, executive branch organization, and the US civil service, Lewis is the author, most recently, of The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press) and winner of the Herbert Simon Award for contributions to the scientific study of the bureaucracy. Before joining Vanderbilt, he taught at Princeton University and the College of William and Mary. Lewis currently serves as the president of the Southern Political Science Association and of the Midwest Public Administration Caucus.
Sponsored by the Department of Government & Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.