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Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats
October 2, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Why do Republican politicians promise to rein in government, only to face repeated rebellions from Republican voters and media critics for betraying their principles? Why do Democratic politicians propose an array of different policies to match the diversity of their supporters, only to become mired in stark demographic divisions over issue priorities? In short, why do the two parties act so differently-whether in the electorate, on the campaign trail, or in public office?
In his talk, Professor Matt Grossman, Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University, reveals how Democrats and Republicans think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, argue past one another, and pursue divergent goals in government. He provides a new understanding of contemporary polarization and governing dysfunction while demonstrating how longstanding features of American politics and public policy reflect our asymmetric party system.
Sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People.