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Why Washington won't work : polarization, political trust, and the governing crisis

Author: Marc J Hetherington; Thomas J Rudolph
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Series: Chicago studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Polarization is at an all-time high in the United States. But contrary to popular belief, Americans are polarized not so much in their policy preferences as in their feelings toward their political opponents: To an unprecedented degree, Republicans and Democrats simply do not like one another. No surprise that these deeply held negative feelings are central to the recent (also unprecedented) plunge in congressional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc J Hetherington; Thomas J Rudolph
ISBN: 9780226299181 022629918X 9780226299211 022629921X
OCLC Number: 898910747
Description: xii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Why extreme leaders don't listen to a moderate public --
Polarization, political trust, and institutional responsiveness --
What moves political trust --
How political trust became polarized --
How priming changes the consequences of political trust --
Political trust can help conservatives, too --
The gordian knot: a bad economy, low trust, and the need for more spending --
Political trust and flagging support for Obamacare --
Can things change? --
Things will probably get better, but we are not sure how.
Series Title: Chicago studies in American politics.
Responsibility: Marc J. Hetherington, Thomas J. Rudolph.
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"Polarization is at an all-time high in the United States. But contrary to popular belief, Americans are polarized not so much in their policy preferences as in their feelings toward their political opponents: To an unprecedented degree, Republicans and Democrats simply do not like one another. No surprise that these deeply held negative feelings are central to the recent (also unprecedented) plunge in congressional productivity. The past three Congresses have gotten less done than any since scholars began measuring congressional productivity. In Why Washington Won't Work, Marc J. Hetherington and Thomas J. Rudolph argue that a contemporary crisis of trust--people whose party is out of power have almost no trust in a government run by the other side--has deadlocked Congress. On most issues, party leaders can convince their own party to support their positions. In order to pass legislation, however, they must also create consensus by persuading some portion of the opposing party to trust in their vision for the future. Without trust, consensus fails to develop and compromise does not occur. Up until recently, such trust could still usually be found among the opposition, but not anymore. Political trust, the authors show, is far from a stable characteristic. It's actually highly variable and contingent on a variety of factors, including whether one's party is in control, which part of the government one is dealing with, and which policies or events are most salient at the moment."--Publisher's Web site.

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