America’s 2-party system is on a collision course

Christopher Bail, Taylor Brown, John Bumpus, Haohan Chen, Jaemin Lee, Marcus Mann, Friedolin Merhout, and Alexander Volfovsky, (Duke), Lisa Argyle (Princeton), and M.B. Hunzaker (NYU): Exposure to Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media. Andrew Hall (Stanford): Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization. Joseph Fishkin (Texas) and David Pozen (Columbia): Asymmetric Constitutional Hardball. Didi Kuo on the paradox of party polarization: Political parties are both weak and strong in the United States — what does that portend for our democracy? Why America’s 2-party system is on a collision course with our constitutional democracy.

From Political Theory, a symposium on Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s The Meaning of Partisanship, with contributions by Russell Muirhead, Daniel Weinstock, Nadia Urbinati, and Jonathan White and Lea Ypi. “Bipartisan” does not inherently mean “good”: It’s a simpleton’s view of politics. Americans are losing faith in the government to solve their problems — and turning to corporations instead: They figure Congress won’t act, so why not try Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon? Why politicians are so eager to claim the outsider mantle: Americans have long hated our politics, but they rarely change. Outsiders can’t fix Washington, they’re the ones who spent the past 40 years wrecking it — it’s time to give experience a chance.