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Has Representation Declined over Time?


Published June 6, 2023

Despite common perception, there isn’t strong evidence that primaries and redistricting are responsible for elite level polarization. Similarly, there is very weak evidence supporting the opinion that the affluent are overly dominant in public policy formation.

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.