Shifting Landscapes April 18th

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center conclude their exploration of Economics in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday April 18, 7:00 pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, with Long-Standing Ideas in New Times: How to Improve America’s Mixed Economy, presented by Paul Pierson.


Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.

In the third and final session on April 18, political scientist Paul Pierson will trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century. He’ll show how a viable mixed economy—where both government and business each have their own roles while also working collaboratively—has long been the dominant force of America’s prosperity.

Pierson, co-author with Jacob Hacker of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, will show how a viable mixed economy—where both effective democratic government and well-functioning markets each have their own roles while also working collaboratively—has long been the dominant force of America’s prosperity.

Pierson will discuss “with clear eyes” the failings of our society because we’ve forgotten this essentially truth. He will then identify the central role government has played in our prosperity during and in the decades following WWII. Finally, he will argue that we can and we must restore “a well-functioning politics,” one that promotes shared prosperity in order for there to be both future market success and an effective democratic society.

Shifting Landscape events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: To simply join the Zoom presentation, go to The link will be live about 6:45 pm on the day of the presentation. For information check the Mason County District Library website: or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

From the start of the pandemic to the inequities observed from the murder of George Floyd to the revelations about housing, healthcare, employment, and supply chain concerns, multiple economic topics have long been “hiding in plain view.” Shifting Landscapes considers three.

This 2021-2022 series has explored six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 2 years. Economics is the sixth and final topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

In these times of both tremendous upheaval and opportunity for transformation, Shifting Landscapes hopes exploring economic theories, past merits of a mixed economy, and how we might proceed in the future will help each of us consider how we might build an even more successful nation in the decade ahead.

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