Parties & Partisanship in the Age of Trump Symposium

Partisan polarization has steadily increased in recent years. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have become two ideologically divided groups, with little ability to work together to solve the nation’s problems. And, citizens have increasingly used partisanship to guide their voting decisions, even as they diverge more and more on answers to the important questions of the day.

As we moved into the second year of Trump’s administration, we explored what partisanship looks like in Congress and the nation.

Trump could dramatically reshape the civil service, if he wanted to

The Washington Post published commentary by Kathleen Doherty of the USC Price School on the impact President Donald Trump may have on the civil service sector. Doherty and her colleagues examined whether extreme partisanship was more likely to drive career civil servants out of the industry. Since civil servants are leaving at a higher rate…