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How Well Do Policy Makers Represent the People?


Published June 6, 2023

Hoover senior fellow Brandice Canes-Wrone explores how well policy makers are representing the people in America. To understand how well represented the people are, one must first understand how the public opinion is measured. Canes-Wrone uses these measurements to provide evidence of how well represented the people are and how responsive policy makers are to changes in public opinion.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you think is the driver of political party polarization?
  2. If you could change the US political system, how would you change it and why?

Additional Resources:

  • Read Brandice Canes-Wrone’s book Who Leads Whom? Available here.
  • Listen to “Grading Election Integrity” with Benjamin Ginsberg and Bill Whalen on Saints, Sinners & Salvageables. Available here.
  • Watch “Why Do Some Democracies Survive While Others Fail?” on PolicyEd. Available here.