Polarization and downright hatred seem to characterize American politics nowadays. While some believe this state of affairs is a direct result of Trump’s presidency, Darrell M. West of the Governance Program at the Brooking Institution argues that cultural, economic and political developments laid the groundwork for social divides decades before Trump entered the scene. Drawing on his personal experience of growing up in a conservative community before moving into the liberal world of Brown University, West lays out key factors that have contributed to the polarization of modern American society.
About the Author
Darrell M. West is the vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution and author of several books on economic and political change and the implications of technological advancement.
Comment on this summary
By the same author
In our Journal
2 years ago
How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace
In functional democracies, political discussions among citizens are a regular part of interpersonal exchange. That this causes problems in the workplace is a topic as old as democracy itself. But how about solutions? When the tension is high, and this is always the case before elections, cases of politically motivated conflicts in the workplace also […]