Politics

"The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It"

Amy Gutmann; Dennis Thompson

About the Program

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania and Dennis Thompson, political philosophy professor at Harvard University examine why compromise is so difficult in today's political world.  The author's argue that constant campaigning rather than a focus on legislation has produced the current discord and posit this is due to the campaign mindset, which they contend is built to distrust one's opponent.  Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson speak with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  

About the Authors

Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann is the president of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a political science professor.  She is the co-author with Dennis Thompson of Democracy and Disagreement and Why Deliberative Democracy?.

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Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson is a political philosophy professor at Harvard University.

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"The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It"

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  • Saturday, May 26th at 1:30pm (ET)
  • Sunday, May 20th at 11pm (ET)
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