About the book
What Happened to the Vital Center? tackles a foundational political question: Is current partisan polarization, aggravated by populist disdain for constitutional principles and institutions, a novel development in American politics?
Populism and American democracy
As bitter and divisive as modern politics appears, populist attacks on the “establishment” have frequently roiled the country
Agrarian protest in the 19th century
Following the Civil War, farmers launched a prolonged attack on the establishment and America's two-party system
About the authors
Sidney M. Milkis (right) is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs and a professor of politics at the University of Virginia and the Miller Center. His research focuses on the American presidency, political parties and elections, social movements, and American political development.
Nicholas F. Jacobs (left) is an assistant professor at Colby College, where he teaches in the Government Department. He earned his PhD at UVA where he was a student of Sid Milkis.