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June 22: Finding Solutions to Political Polarization

Governance / Press Release June 15, 2015

BPC will welcome Nate Persily on June 22 for a candid discussion on what’s causing today’s dysfunction and what it will take to break through it.

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Political Polarization: Finding Solutions

Governance / June 22, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

The gap between the two political parties can be seen most clearly in Washington and especially in Congress, but also among American voters themselves.

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Tom Daschle and Trent Lott: How to fix Congress

Governance / News November 1, 2014

You can’t run the government of the most powerful nation in the world on Wednesdays alone. Yet that is what members of Congress, in effect, are trying to do. You can’t run the US government on Wednesdays alone. How to…

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Jason Grumet: 4 Simple Steps to End Political Gridlock

Governance / News October 31, 2014

As we enter the last stretch of campaigning, before elections that will almost certainly continue divided government, many fear there is no end in sight for political gridlock. If it seems that most good government reform efforts are banging against…

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By the Numbers: What the Midterms Mean for a Polarized America

Governance / October 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET

BPC hosted a discussion about likely winners and losers in this year’s election and what the outcome means for political polarization in this country.

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Would Stronger Parties Mean Less Polarization?

Governance / News October 21, 2014

Ever since they emerged in the early 1800s, political parties have been a target of public scorn. But they have always had their defenders — a smaller, less influential camp that holds that parties are more beneficial than harmful because…

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Governing in a Polarized America

Governance / Research June 24, 2014

A bipartisan commission of former members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, governors, local leaders, and advocates unveiled a new blueprint to strengthen American democracy.

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USA TODAY: Can bipartisan group save this government?

Governance / News June 24, 2014

USA TODAY‘s Susan Page: “The nation’s increasingly bitter political divide has tied Congress in knots, embattled the White House and undermined many Americans’ faith in their government.”

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Susan Page: Divided we still stand – and getting used to it

Governance / News March 23, 2014

The sharp political divide that Americans say they hate may be becoming the new normal. A USA TODAY/Bipartisan Policy Center poll taken this month, the fourth in a year-long series, shows no change in the overwhelming consensus that U.S. politics…

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Is Negotiating Political Agreement a Lost Art?

Donald R. Wolfensberger / News March 11, 2014

Voters often complain that members of Congress “can’t seem to agree on anything.” You know people are on to something when their own representatives in Washington echo the same complaint — one of the few bipartisan sounds emanating from the…

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