Policy Gridlock Shows Democracy Working



Policy Gridlock: Is It the New Regular Order?
Woodrow Wilson Centre


The author suggest argues that the policy gridlock experienced currently by US Congress is the new 'normal', but that it's not necessarily a bad thing and may show democracy working as it should.

He quotes political scientist Barbara Sinclair who argues that partisan polarisation has 'made possible the development of a strong and more activist party leadership that allows the majority to work its will'.

The author also suggests the current situation could be changed fairly easily if there was the political will for it, but that parties are continuing to put their interests ahead of the interests of the public.


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Donald Wolfensberger

Woodrow Wilson Centre

Published Date
October 9, 2012