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What Is the Driver of Political Polarization?


Published June 6, 2023

Party polarization is driven not by any single party but rather by both major parties. While lobbyists are often accused as being a pusher of polarization, lobbyists actually spend a lot of their time gathering information and are not able to easily change policy as is often portrayed.

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.