Partisan gridlock in Washington has led many Americans to question the effectiveness of political leadership. But, in stark contrast to dysfunction at the federal level, successes at the state level illustrate that bipartisan governance is not only possible, but realistic and productive. How can state government accomplishments be a model for the federal government during this time of intense polarization?
On February 20, the Center for Effective Public Management hosted governors Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) to provide insight on the notable performance of their states’ leadership in comparison with the paralyzing gridlock of the national government. Brookings Fellow John Hudak facilitated a discussion with the two-term governors to examine their implementation of innovative public policies despite overwhelming challenges.