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Political Polarization: Finding Solutions

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Political polarization dominates almost every discussion of American politics today. The gap between the two political parties can be seen most clearly in Washington and especially in Congress, but also among American voters themselves. As the parties have diverged further and further, dysfunction in the government has skyrocketed. The question facing government and political scholars today is, “How do we tackle the problem of polarization and restore effective governance?”

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the National Capital Area Political Science Association (NCAPSA) hosted a discussion on polarization in our political system with Nathaniel Persily, editor of Solutions to Political Polarization in America, moderated by John Fortier, director of BPC’s Democracy Project, and Matthew Green, associate professor of politics at Catholic University and incoming president of NCAPSA. Participants included authors who contributed to the book.

Panel discussion featuring:

Nate Persily
Editor, Solutions to Political Polarization in America
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Matthew Green
Associate Professor of Politics, Catholic University
President-elect, NCAPSA

Sarah Binder
Professor of Political Science,
George Washington University

David Karol
Associate Professor of Government & Politics, University of Maryland

Bruce Cain
Professor of Humanities and Science and Professor of Political Science,
Stanford University

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director, BPC’s Democracy Project


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