UWO Political Science Professor’s Book Speaks to the Core of Current Political Issues

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In this video, produced by the new Oshkosh & Beyond: Stories of Where we Live collective, I interview David Siemers about his book, The Myth of Coequal Branches: Restoring the Constitution’s Separation of Functions.

In this video, produced by the new Oshkosh & Beyond: Stories of Where we Live collective, I interview David Siemers about his book, The Myth of Coequal Branches: Restoring the Constitution’s Separation of Functions.

Dr. Siemers, a political scientist who studies the U.S. presidency and the political thought of the founders, explains why it is a myth that the three federal branches are equal in power, the importance of language in establishing and perpetuating this myth (even tying it to George Orwell of 1984 fame), and how it connects to the impeachment of President Trump.

This is a shortened version of the interview that is 5:43 in length and designed to be shared widely.

The full, 22-minute interview with Dr. Siemers can be viewed here.

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Paul Van Auken

Paul Van Auken has been a member of the sociology and environmental studies faculty at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2007, after completing a Ph.D. in sociology from UW-Madison. A native of Iowa but resident of Wisconsin since 1999, Paul conducts research on issues related to neighborhood, community, land use planning and access to public space, sustainability, and teaching and learning. He also practices public sociology, regularly writing a column called “Shortening the Distance” for Oshkosh Independent. He lives with his wife and two daughters on the historic, walkable, and interesting east side of Oshkosh, near the shores of Lake Winnebago.

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