Polarization. Partisanship. Rancor. Character assassinations. Government shutdowns. Why can't our elected officials just get along and do their jobs?The United States was once seen as a land of broad consensus and pragmatic politics. But today politics in America is dominated by intense party polarization on policy problems and solutions. As this volume argues, we as a nation are handicapped by our partisanravaged national political institutions, which often stifle the popular desire for policy innovation and political reforms. Political Negotiation: A Handbook explores both domestic and foreign political arenas to understand the problems of political negotiation. The editors and contributors share lessons from success stories and offer practical advice for deliberative negotiation to overcome polarization. When individual members of parties share information, link issues, and engage in joint problem solving, political negotiation becomes possible-for the good of citizens and for the country.
Brookings Institution Press