Celebrating ten years of productive partisanship.

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The Culture of Congress, Yesterday and Today

WHEN: Monday, April 30, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fifth Floor Conference Room, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, AL

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Many have commented on how much Congress has changed over the last 40 years for a variety of reasons, most noticeably from the increasing importance of political parties in the legislative process and their increased polarization from each other. ┬áHas this trend toward what some political scientists have termed, “conditional party government” provided a sharper choice for voters to choose from or has it pushed Congress into a parliamentary cul de sac with no central accountability exit ramps at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue? ┬áThese were some of the questions this roundtable of former members, congressional staff and area political scientists tackled along with the ultimate question of whether there is any way to restore a greater measure of deliberation and bipartisan national problem-solving.

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Professor Julian E. Zelizer

Princeton University

Tom Downey

Former Representative from New York

Vin Weber

Former Representative from Minnesota


Don Wolfensberger

Resident Scholar, BPC Congressional Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

John Fortier

Director, BPC’s Democracy Project

Fifth Floor Conference Room, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars