Bloustein School Associate Research Professor Marc D. Weiner has co-authored, with G.M. Pomper, a chapter in a newly released, edited book, Polarized Politics: The Impact of Divisiveness in the US Political System.
Edited by William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and professor of political science at Northeastern University, Polarized Politics is a major contribution to our understanding of the causes, evolution, and impact of the politics of divisiveness in the U.S.
Much has changed since the Constitution was written, diluting and reprogramming the original intentions of the Founders and serving to reframe the operations of the state. The result is a current institutional framework that raises the question of how far a governing system can evolve and continue to remain true to its founding values. This issue is met head-on by Gerald M. Pomper and Marc D. Weiner in Chapter 6. Their bold, thought-provoking analysis of the impact of polarized politics on a society is one of major importance for our understanding of where the nation and its representative institutions are and where they are heading.