Past eventResearch Event

United States: Divided Parties?

22 September 2010 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House



Never in recent history has the United States faced so many economic and foreign policy challenges but rarely have its two main political parties been as divided. The speaker will say that it would seem Democrats distrust Republicans, while Republicans appear to have very little in common with their Democratic opponents in Congress or the current occupant of the White House. This makes for political gridlock and ideological polarization. How has this situation come about? Will it change and what consequences does this have for the making of US policies at home and abroad?

Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Between 1987 and 1999, he was director of Governmental Studies at Brookings. Before that, Thomas Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association. Professor Mann has taught at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia and American University. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad on American politics and public policy.