Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Solutions to Polarization

Nate Persily

Cambridge University Press has just released -- Solutions to Political Polarization in America -- a volume I edited that grew out of a Hewlett Foundation conference on the topic.  It features short essays with reform proposals from the top political scientists who study political polarization.  A table of contents appears below.

Introductory Chapters
1 Introduction  
Nathaniel Persily
2 Causes and Consequences of Polarization
Michael J. Barber and Nolan McCarty
3 Confronting Asymmetric Polarization
Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

Reforming the Electoral System
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

Strengthening Parties
8 Stronger Parties as a 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

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

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: Empowering the Latent Majority
Russell Muirhead
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

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