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. In doing so, we asked a variety of questions, such as:

  • How have Republicans in Congress governed during this era, and have they been able to work with President Trump?
  • Does Trump have control over the party’s national organization?
  • Have Republican voters fully embraced Trump’s policies as their own?
  • And, perhaps most crucially, is the Republican Party now the party of Trump?

To answer these and other important questions, we invited four esteemed political scientists to USC to offer their insights: Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University), Sarah Binder (George Washington University and The Brookings Institution), Boris Heersink (Fordham University), and Frances Lee (University of Maryland). Each presented new research with the hope of better understanding parties and partisanship in the “Age of Trump.”

Read about the symposium here.