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American Political Science Association Task Force Issues Report on Causes of Polarization

The American Political Science Association has appointed a task force to study negotiating agreement in politics. A sub-group, charged with investigating the causes and consequences of polarization, has issued this 35-page report. It is authored by Michael Barber and Nolan McCarty.

The report examines various explanations for polarization, including: (1) a polarized electorate; (2) southern realignment; (3) gerrymandering; (4) primary elections; (5) economic inequality; (6) money in politics; (7) media environment; (8) changes internal to Congress, such as rules changes, majority party agenda control, party pressures, and the breakdown of bi-partisan norms.

Michael Barber and Nolan McCarty are both at Princeton University. Barber is a PhD candidate whose dissertation, “Political Ideology, Campaign Contributions, and Legislative Polarization” is in the process of becoming a book. McCarthy is a political science professor and has written the book, “Polarized America: the Dance of Political Ideology and Unequal Riches”. He is the author of several other books as well.

The conclusion to the APSA sub-group study includes this sentence: “The evidence undermines the common arguments that reforming legislative districting or primary elections will materially reduce polarization.” Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

3 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    100 percent PACK/CRACK gerrymander districts.

    The extremist polarized robot party hack voters in the PACK/CRACK districts nominate the extremist robot party hacks who later get elected – esp. in the about 95 plus percent one party SAFE SEAT districts – aka CONCENTRATION CAMPS – with or without barbed wire / electric fences

    – think the Stalin/Hitler slave/death camps.

    1/2 votes x 1/2 districts = 1/4 control.

    Much, much, much worse primary math.

    How soon before Civil W-A-R II — esp. between the LOOTERS versus the Tax Slaves ???
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    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  2. Demo Rep

    http://www.apsanet.org/negotiatingagreement/

    More publish or perish stuff by mini armies of polsci profs ???

    Any prof reports in 1761-1774 or in 1854-1860 just before things really happened in 1775 and 1861 ???

    Clue – think gerrymanders in both years.

  3. Mister Darcy

    False equivalencies and objectivism.

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