State of Democracy Lecture
Can Politics Be Fixed?
In recent books, Thomas Mann and Ira Shapiro have decried the dysfunction in various aspects of our national political system. And it seems as though things have only become worse since they wrote. With a particular focus on Congress, the two authors--Mann a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Shapiro a former senior Senate staffer and member of the Clinton administration--consider the roots of the problem, and why we might be poised for a revival.
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