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By Sean M. Theriault

The political events in Congress are as polarized as they've been in a hundred years. This booklet examines greater than 30 years of congressional background to appreciate the way it is that the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill became so divided. It reveals that steps have been serious for this improvement. First, the respective events' constituencies turned extra politically and ideologically aligned. moment, contributors ceded extra energy to their celebration leaders, who applied methods extra often and with higher end result. actually, virtually the total upward thrust in celebration polarization may be accounted for within the expanding frequency of and polarization on techniques used through the legislative process.

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