In this new report, William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution and Elaine C. Kamarck of Harvard University, argue that political polarization—the loss of moderates from the political and policy process—is the root cause of the current crises in governance and politics. Galston and Kamarck argue that few causes are more important to America's future than the embrace of political process reforms that will diminish the hyper-partisanship now disfiguring our nation's politics.
February 23, 2011
"If moderates are such a crucial and coherent political force, why is U.S. politics so polarized? The answer lies in three structural features of the political system that reduce moderates' influence: the primary system, the congressional redistricting system and the congressional leadership system."