McCarty in Washington Post on What We Know and Don't Know About Polarized Politics
Nolan McCarty, writing in the Washington Post/Monkey Cage, kicked off a new series on political polarization with a report from his working group on U.S polarization. McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Chair of the Department of Politics, and faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP). The report was co-authored with Michael Barber, PhD Candidate and graduate student affiliate of CSDP.
The working group focused on how rising levels of polarization and gridlock have impeded negotiation, compromise and good governance, and the article outlines the group's findings about important aspects of what many consider a crisis of polarization, including the roots of our current polarization, its partisan asymmetry, and the reduced dimensionality of our political conflicts, Among the report's conclusions, " Polarization in Congress derives from both sincere ideological differences about policy means and ends and strategic behavior to exploit those differences to win elections."