What happened to bipartisanship? As the U.S. heads into the 2020 election cycle, its defining political characteristic is a deep and growing ideological divide. Party affiliation is now a source of greater division between Americans than race, gender, religion, or level of education. Yet, at the same time, both major parties are less popular than any time in recent history.

This weekend seminar will examine the sources of hyperpartisanship as well as the consequences of party polarization for American political life. Students will consider such questions as: Is there an ideal level of party difference? How does partisanship become tribalism or hyperpartisanship, and can this be prevented? Is it possible to regulate partisan activity? And is a return to bipartisanship possible?

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Daniel DiSalvo on party reform in America


Daniel DiSalvo

Daniel DiSalvo is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY.  His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.

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