Politics

"It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism"

Thomas Mann; Norman Ornstein

About the Program

Congressional scholars Thomas Mann, senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, examine partisan politics in the U.S. government. The authors contend that the level of “hyperpartisanship” has resulted in a dysfunctional political process that is marked by adherence to political party platforms above all other costs.  Mr. Mann and Mr. Ornstein offer several solutions to the stalemate, from expanding the voting public and promoting an active public and vigilant media to reforming the election process.  The discussion, moderated by E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, is followed with remarks by Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for the USA Today and former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK, 1977-1992).
 

About the Authors

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann is the author of several books, including The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track co-authored with Norman Ornstein.  He is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and is a former executive director of the American Political Science Association.


Buy the author's book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is the author of numerous books, including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future.  He is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and writes a weekly column for Roll Call


Buy the author's book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Program Information

"It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism"

Watch This Program
Watch This Program

Purchase This Program

Past Airings

  • Sunday, March 17th at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, July 21st at 11am (ET)
  • Sunday, July 8th at 6:15am (ET)
  • Saturday, June 30th at 11pm (ET)
C-SPAN Radio Mobile App