Politics and Elections
Today America has a divided government, with a Democratic president and control of Congress split between Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House of Representatives. Political polarization is intense and the two parties seem unable to compromise on issues key to keeping the government running.
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - Clouds pass over Capitol Hill in Washington August 1, 2011. Congressional leaders scrambled to line up Republican and Democratic votes for a White House House-backed deal to raise the borrowing limit and avert an unprecedented debt default.
In praise of old fashioned politics
May 1, 2015, Elaine Kamarck
Today, Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch introduced a new paper, “Political realism: How hacks, machines, big money and back-room deals can strengthen American democracy." In this post, Elaine Kamarck highlights a key lesson from the paper: in the name of reform, removing transactional politics actually weakened American democracy overall.
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