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Solutions to Political Polarization in America

Nathaniel Persily, Michael Barber, Nolan McCarty, Jacob Hacker, Paul Pierson, Arend Lijphart, Gary C. Jacobson, Elaine C. Kamarck, Jonathan Rodden, Nathaniel Persily, Nolan McCarty, Richard H. Pildes, Bruce Cain, Adam Bonica, Markus Prior, Natalie Jomini Stroud, Alan I. Abramowitz, David Karol, Steven S. Smith, Russell Muirhead, Sarah A. Binder, Frances E. Lee, Jane Mansbridge, George C. Edwards, III
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107451919

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  • Political polarization dominates discussions of contemporary American politics. Despite widespread agreement that the dysfunction in the political system can be attributed to political polarization, commentators cannot come to a consensus on what that means. The coarseness of our political discourse, the ideological distance between opposing partisans, and, most of all, an inability to pass much-needed and widely supported policies all stem from the polarization in our politics. This volume assembles several of the nation's top analysts of American politics to focus on solutions to polarization. The proposals range from constitutional change to good- government reforms to measures to strengthen political parties. Each tackles one or more aspects of America's polarization problem. This book begins a serious dialogue about reform proposals to address the obstacles that polarization poses for contemporary governance.

    • Assembles several of the nation's top analysts of polarization in American politics to focus on solutions to the problem
    • Analyzes causes and consequences of polarization while also proposing remedies that suggest a direction for the country to make forward movement
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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107451919
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Nathaniel Persily
    2. Causes and consequences of polarization Michael Barber and Nolan McCarty
    3. Confronting asymmetric polarization Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
    Part I. Reforming the Electoral System:
    4. Polarization and democratization Arend Lijphart
    5. Eroding the electoral foundations of partisan polarization Gary C. Jacobson
    6. Solutions to polarization Elaine C. Kamarck
    7. Geography and gridlock in the United States Jonathan Rodden
    Part II. Strengthening Parties:
    8. Parties as the solution to polarization Nathaniel Persily
    9. Reducing polarization by making parties stronger Nolan McCarty
    10. Focus on political fragmentation, not polarization: re-empower party leadership Richard H. Pildes
    11. Two approaches to lessening the effects of partisanship Bruce Cain
    Part III. Empowering and Informing Moderate Voters:
    12. Data science for the people Adam Bonica
    13. Using mobilization, media, and motivation to curb political polarization Markus Prior and Natalie Jomini Stroud
    Part IV. Lowering Barriers to Policy Making:
    14. Beyond confrontation and gridlock: making democracy work for the American people Alan I. Abramowitz
    15. American political parties: exceptional no more David Karol
    16. Partisan polarization and the Senate syndrome Steven S. Smith
    17. Finding the center Russell Muirhead
    Part V. Fostering Negotiation:
    18. Making deals in Congress Sarah A. Binder and Frances E. Lee
    19. Helping Congress negotiate Jane Mansbridge
    20. Staying private George C. Edwards, III.

  • Editor

    Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law School
    Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is an award-winning teacher and a nationally recognized constitutional law expert who focuses on the law of democracy, addressing issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, and redistricting. He has served as a special master or court-appointed nonpartisan expert to draw redistricting plans for several states, including New York, Maryland, Georgia, and Connecticut. In 2014, he served as the senior research director for the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

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    Nathaniel Persily, Michael Barber, Nolan McCarty, Jacob Hacker, Paul Pierson, Arend Lijphart, Gary C. Jacobson, Elaine C. Kamarck, Jonathan Rodden, Nathaniel Persily, Nolan McCarty, Richard H. Pildes, Bruce Cain, Adam Bonica, Markus Prior, Natalie Jomini Stroud, Alan I. Abramowitz, David Karol, Steven S. Smith, Russell Muirhead, Sarah A. Binder, Frances E. Lee, Jane Mansbridge, George C. Edwards, III

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