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Expert: Why Washington won’t work

Oct. 2, 2013—Policymakers in Washington, D.C., increasingly are earning the distrust of the American people, and the current impasse that led to a government shutdown is no exception, according to Marc Hetherington, a political science professor and author of two books on trust and polarization in American government.

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Steps toward ending gridlock in Congress

Sep. 19, 2012—Hope is being offered by Vanderbilt professor Marc Hetherington and a colleague that generational turnover and a few adjustments now could cause the end of gridlock in Congress in the long run.

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Marc Hetherington: “Polarization and Congress”

Feb. 10, 2012—Watch video of Marc Hetherington, professor of political science, speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Politics in a Polarized Polity.” The Feb. 8 class, “Polarization and Congress,” focuses on the branch of government where polarization first took hold, tracing the evolution of the regional bases for the parties and how it has lead to...

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Marc Hetherington: Polarization and Congress

Jan. 12, 2012—Watch video of Marc Hetherington, professor of political science, speak at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Politics in a Polarized Polity.” The Jan. 11 class, “Polarization and Congress,” focuses on the branch of government where polarization first took hold, tracing the evolution of the regional bases for the parties and how it has lead to...

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Why is there Polarization in Congress?

Oct. 28, 2011—If you think that the word ‘compromise’ is a lost art in Congress, you are right. Marc Hetherington, professor of politcial science and co-author of the book Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, tells us why our political leaders are digging in their heels. View 2012 election expertise information for Marc Hetherington » Visit ElectionVU...

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Vanderbilt experts available to discuss issues related to 9/11 anniversary

Sep. 3, 2010—Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss issues related to 9/11 anniversary.

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Listen: How voters view authority speaks volumes about political views

Dec. 9, 2009—Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, co-authored by Vanderbilt political scientist Marc Hetherington, focuses on the reasons behind the political realignment of the past several decades. More liberals are voting for Democrats and more conservatives are choosing GOP candidates, Hetherington said.

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Clashing worldviews a key to understanding voter polarization, VU professor says

Nov. 18, 2009—The recent vote in Congress on health care reform – with only one Republican lawmaker voting yes – provides more evidence of the growing polarization between the parties and the fundamentally different understandings of right and wrong that continue to pull the two major political parties further apart, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist Marc Hetherington.

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Experts: Obama will move quickly to show he’s ready to govern

Nov. 7, 2008—Political pundits have time to reflect in the days ahead on the reasons behind Barack Obama's historic election as the first African American president, but the president-elect must focus immediately on his transition and the challenges ahead, according to several Vanderbilt professors.

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Pennsylvania’s political diversity helps Obama, says Vanderbilt professor

Apr. 11, 2008—A Vanderbilt University political scientist says the largely white, affluent suburbs around Philadelphia could boost Barack Obama\'s chances of a surprise win in the April 22 Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

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Op-ed: Why the public doesn’t buy social security accounts

Apr. 29, 2005— George W. Bush‘s best efforts to rally public support for Social Security privatization have met with failure. Although more people now perceive a problem, few perceive a crisis. Worse for the president, two months of salesmanship have actually lowered his approval rating on the issue. People do not seem to want private accounts if it means fundamental changes to a program that has a strong track record of success.

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Former congressmen to share political experiences with Vanderbilt students

Mar. 3, 2005— A bipartisan program called Congress to Campus will bring former national lawmakers James Broyhill and Butler Derrick to Vanderbilt March 17-18 to meet with students and faculty.

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