Destroying or Deploying the "Deep State?"
Challenges to Federal Agencies
President Donald Trump came into office vowing to disrupt the “deep state” and to “drain the swamp” of the federal bureaucracy. This panel will examine how the capacity and professionalism of the federal government has fared over the past four years, assessing the extent to which it has been weakened or deployed for political purposes.
After a look at specific agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services, we will discuss developments in historical perspective—and consider what it will take to safeguard essential federal services.
Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University
Jamila Michener, Cornell University
Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University
Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University