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Colloquium - The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics: A Synopsis

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Morris P. Fiorina
March 20, 2014
12:30PM - 2:00PM (EDT)

Morris P. Fiorina
Morris P. Fiorina

MORRIS P. FIORINA is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution. He has written widely on American government and politics, with special emphasis on topics in the study of representation and elections. His publications include Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (with Samuel Abrams and Jeremy Pope), and most recently, Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics (with Samuel Abrams). Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals, and from 1986-1990 served as chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2006 the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association awarded him the Warren E. Miller Prize for career contributions to the field. Most recently he was named the 2009 Harold Lasswell Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

Please note this colloquium will take place on a Thursday. Lunch will be served. RSVP required by noon on Tuesday, March 18 to

This event is part of…

Polarization in Historical Perspective: There is a growing sense today that the American political system is inadequate to the task of addressing the major challenges facing the nation, both foreign and domestic. A growing ideological gap between the political parties – partisan polarization, abetted by the rise of highly ideological interest groups and a balkanized mass media – is routinely cited as a primary cause of the nation’s ills.

Yet, despite considerable interest in the causes and consequences of partisan polarization, we know very little about how these developments relate to previous episodes of partisan rancor in American history; how they resonate beyond the Washington beltway; and how they are likely to affect important constituencies, such as Hispanic voters, who are likely to have a profound influence on future party alignments.

This themed colloquia series, organized by the Miller Center's SIDNEY MILKIS, will probe these questions and shed important light on the difficult yet indispensible connection between partisanship and American democracy.

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