American Gridlock

American Gridlock

The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization

Book - 2016
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"Partisan polarization among the public, activists, and elected officials characterizes American politics in the 21st century, and it is often seen as the major source of our governing problems (Schaffner, 2011). Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history, expressing highly negative views of the opposing party (Doherty, 2014). The deleterious impact of partisan polarization cannot be exaggerated. It discourages compromise, produces gridlock, fosters mistrust, and ultimately hinders the functioning of governmental institutions. Lawmaking, representing, overseeing, executing laws, and adjudicating legal and constitutional disputes requires that individuals who might otherwise disagree come together and serve interests that go beyond their own. Failure to compromise results in gridlock, dysfunction, and partisan warfare"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781107114166
Characteristics: xxix, 404 pages ; 24 cm


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