Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know


What drives polarization? Where does it come from? How can we implement institutional reform in order to effectively address it? the American Enterprise Institute asks.

AEI’s Dan Cox and Stan Veuger will be joined by Princeton University’s Nolan McCarty, Georgetown University’s Hans Noel, and The College of William & Mary’s Jamie Settle as they attempt to answer these pressing questions and more at an AEI Event on September 24. 4:00 pm at AEI’s headquarters. RSVP now or watch it live here.

Political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world—from Brazil, India, and Kenya, to Poland, Turkey, and the United States, Carnegie Endowment scholar Thomas Carothers observes in his new co-edited volume (with Andrew O’Donohue), Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization.

Democracies Divided identifies and examines the fissures that are dividing societies and the factors bringing polarization to a boil, Brookings adds. In nearly every case under study, political entrepreneurs have exploited and exacerbated long-simmering divisions for their own purposes—in the process undermining the prospects for democratic consensus and productive governance.

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