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What Gridlock and Polarization Mean for American Democracy

Bipartisan Policy Center
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Partisan polarization has deep roots in and a large impact on our political system. As polarization has worsened, Congress and the administration have been less willing and able to confront some of the largest public policy questions facing the country. Is the status quo sustainable?

Join us, along with the National Capital-Area Political Science Association, on May 6 as a panel of contributors to the new book American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization weigh in on polarization in the public, national institutions, states, and media and the implications for the future of functioning American democracy.

Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive


Whit Ayres
Founder and President, North Star Opinion Research

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

Jennifer L. Lawless
Professor of Government, American University

James A. Thurber
Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC

Jennifer N. Victor
Associate Professor, George Mason University
President-Elect, NCAPSA


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