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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Shafer, Byron / Disalvo, Daniel

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Gridlock?

Amitai Etzioni1

1The George Washington University

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 10, Issue 3, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.1515/1540-8884.1524, October 2012

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Published Online:
2012-10-31

Abstract

For every American who identifies himself as a liberal, there are two conservatives. Practically all Republicans see themselves as such, but many Democrats are not liberals. The political system works quite well from one specific viewpoint: it delivers what the majority says it wants—rather conservative policies, including the period 2008-2012. Conservative Democrats in Congress help pass GOP items, but GOP representatives almost never vote for liberal items. The question is, given that the majority gets what it seeks, why is this majority so alienated? The article offer several explanations.

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