Study: Polarization in Congress is worsening… and it stifles policy innovation

American politics has grown so polarized in recent years that there’s hardly any cooperation at all across the aisle, but the process that brought us here started long ago. Disagreements have been growing exponentially since the 1950s, according to a new quantitative analysis of the U.S. House of Representatives published in PLOS ONE. But the bigger fear, the authors say, is that as cooperation has declined, Congress’s ability to come up with new ideas to solve the nation’s problems has stagnated. —> Read More