Polarized America: Origins and Remedies
Thursday, July 20 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Georgetown University Mccourt School of Public Policy
American politics and voters are currently at the highest stage of polarization since the Civil War. As a result of the heightened state of the partisan divide, conflict between -- as well as within -- the branches of our government, including within the political parties themselves, has resulted in near gridlock on all but the most urgent of legislative issues. Meanwhile, the resolution of many policies on which there is broad public consensus -- from gun policy to entitlement reform to campaign finance reform to comprehensive immigration policy – remains seemingly gridlocked. Not surprisingly, public confidence in our political leaders and our political institutions remains at historically low levels.
What is the origin of this bitter and seemingly irreconcilable divide? What are the historical antecedents for the emergence of deep partisan disagreements? What issues, developments or actions fueled the growth in polarization and all importantly, what can we as a nation do to find the common ground necessary to address longstanding challenges?
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