The statement that America’s political landscape is dangerously divided is not controversial. Yet the question of what is driving this intense partisanship is far from settled. Is increased social inequality, caused by globalization and the digital revolution, fueling the divide? Or has the advent of the internet and social media stymied civil political discourse? Perhaps, but American political essayist Jonathan Rauch challenges us to start with something much more elemental: human nature. In a thought-provoking essay, he explains why political scientists must start taking primal human group instincts much more seriously.
About the Author
Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture and government.
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