Polarization in American Politics
Thurs, Mar 15, 10:30am
Leader: Dan Hofrenning
Where have the moderate Republicans gone? Are there no more conservative Democrats? It seems that Compromise become a “dirty word,” making it close to impossible for Congress to pass important legislation. With this kind of polarization in American politics, can our democracy survive? What changes in American society explain this growth in the polarity and contentiousness of American politics?
Dan Hofrenning is a Professor of Political Science at St. Olaf College. His classes focus on American politics including campaigns and elections, environmental politics, and the intersection of religion and politics. In January 2004 and 2008, he took students to New Hampshire and South Carolina immediately prior to the presidential primaries in those states.
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