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Position::SYMPOSIUM ON GOVERNING IN POLARIZED TIMES - Polarized political parties - Column

The challenges of governing have rarely been greater. The distance between the parties in Congress and between identifiers with the parties among the public is at its greatest in a century. The public accords the Congress the lowest approval ratings in modern history but allows it little leeway to make compromise. Ideologically polarized parties and divided government has resulted in gridlock, and Congress and the president cannot resolve critical problems. Neither party can implement its own policy agenda, but bipartisan compromise appears to be nearly impossible to achieve. The inability to reach agreement results in constant crises in financing the government; endless debate over immigration, health care, environmental protection, and other crucial issues; and a...

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