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Governing America in the Age of Political Polarization

Henry E. Brady

Event: Homecoming 2012

Date: October 6, 2012 Duration: 55 minutes

American politics have witnessed intense ideological differences in the past, but something has changed in recent decades that is jeopardizing the ability of the two parties to negotiate and govern. Join a critical discussion on how American politics became so polarized, how the division affects governance and decision-making, and what might be done to break the gridlock in Washington and Sacramento.

Henry E. Brady is Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. A political scientist and economist, Dean Brady is past president of the American Political Science Association and former director of UC's Survey Research Center. His interests include electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, and political polling and policy-oriented surveys.

This event was sponsored by the GSPP Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement.