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The transformation of political parties in the United States and Europe over the last decade and the rising influence of women in politics are both potentially game-changing developments in modern democracies. With respect to parties, there are new uncertainties about the role they play, their impact on governance, and their effectiveness at representing their constituencies. Polarization and the rise of new parties and new movements within parties raise interesting questions: are we witnessing a break with established party structures, or the evolution of ‘old parties’ as they adapt to a new political and social context? For example, in the US, does the GOP need to change-- in substance and image-- and can it succeed in doing so? In the UK, how will the rise of the anti-EU UKIP reshape mainstream politics? And in nations under stress, or deeply divided ideologically, is the capacity to govern-- or even democracy itself-- under threat? 

For political parties, is this a time of reformation or renaissance – and is the former a precondition of the latter?At the same time, women are playing an increasingly decisive role in electoral politics. In the United States, the gender gap reelected President Obama, who lost men to Mitt Romney. That, the influence of women in the Congressional leadership, and the possible election of a woman to the Presidency in 2016 signal profound changes in the political landscape. It is happening in Europe too, with more women in the Italian Parliament after the recent election, a trend that has accelerated across the continent. Is politics becoming a more hospitable terrain for women? How are women influencing the policy agenda? What are the challenges and opportunities for women in politics now and in the years ahead? In America, does the Republican Party have to change to reclaim women voters – and is that change necessary, possible, or desirable? On October 11 and 12, 2013, La Pietra will bring a group of exceptional scholars political actors and activists from Europe and the US together to discuss these recent trends on both sides of the Atlantic.

 
 
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Friday, October 11th

9:30am Conference opening
Dale Hemmerdinger, Trustee, New York University
9:45–11:15 Women: From Winning Office to Wielding Power
Stanley Greenberg – Democratic Pollster and Political Strategist
Paolo Guarino - Political Consultant, Italy
Bruce Haynes - Republican Political and Public Affairs Strategist
David Muir - Political Strategist, UK
Marylouise Oates - Author and Activist 
Hope Warschaw - Community and Political Activist
Moderator: Linda Douglass – Former ABC News Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, former SVP Communications Atlantic Media and moderator of the Women of Washington series 

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30–1:00 Will the Glass Ceiling Finally be Shattered?
Nicole Bacharan - Historian, Political Analyst and Radio and Television Consultant
Joel Benenson - Pollster and Political Strategist
Rob Collins – Republican Political Strategist
Linda Douglass - Former ABC News Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, former SVP Communications Atlantic Media and moderator of the Women of Washington series
Sarah Kovner – Democratic Activist
Joshua Tucker – Professor of Politics at New York University
Hope Warschaw - Community and Political Activist
Moderator: Marylouise Oates Author and Activist

1:00–2:15pm Lunch

2:15–4:00 Transatlantic Trends: Political Party Reform
Joel Benenson - Pollster and Political Strategist
Marco Cacciotto - Political Consultant, Italy
Luigi Curini – Professor of Political Science, University of Milan
Tad Devine – Democratic Strategist and Media Consultant
Stanley Greenberg – Democratic Pollster and Political Strategist
David Muir - Political Strategist, UK
Dario Nardella –Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Robert Shrum – Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and Former Democratic Strategist
Moderator: Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics at New York University 

Saturday, October 12th

9:00–10:30am Does the GOP Have to Change and Can It?
Nicole Bacharan – Historian, Political Analyst and Radio and Television Consultant
Rob Collins – Republican Political Strategist
Tad Devine – Democratic Strategist and Media Consultant
Stanley Greenberg – Democratic Pollster and Political Strategist 
Bruce Haynes - Republican Political and Public Affairs Strategist
Dale Hemmerdinger –Trustee, New York University
Steve McMahon - Democratic Strategist and Public Affairs Consultant
Moderator: Robert Shrum – Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and Former Democratic Strategist

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45–12:15 pmBeyond Obama: Where Do the Democrats Go from Here?
Joel Benenson
- Pollster and Political Strategist
Rob Collins – Republican Political Strategist
Paolo Guarino - Political Consultant, Italy
Sarah Kovner – Democratic Activist
Steve McMahon -Democratic Strategist and Public Affairs Consultant 
Robert Shrum – Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and Former Democratic Strategist
Moderator: Dale Hemmerdinger, Trustee, New York University

12:15–1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:45 (Closing Session): Polarization - the Future of Parties and Failures of Governance
Nicole Bacharan, Joel Benenson, Marco Cacciotto, Rob Collins, Luigi Curini, Tad Devine, Stanley Greenberg, Paolo Guarino, Bruce Haynes, Dale Hemmerdinger, Sarah Kovner, Victor Kovner, Steve McMahon, David Muir, Marylouise Oates, Joshua Tucker, Hope Warschaw
Moderator: Robert Shrum – Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and Former Democratic Strategist

 
 
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