Are Strong Parties the Answer?

"Responsible Parties convincingly shows that across many countries narrow interests can subvert or coopt the policy-making process. This perversion of majoritarianism is epitomized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, whose creation and implementation were heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, and the states. Rosenbluth and Shapiro try to argue that the polarized politics and rigid parties of today’s United States are not characteristic of Westminster parties, but rather a “chimera”; they decry weak congressional leadership, the risk of partisan outflanking through primaries, and the complex presidential-primary process," writes Didi Kuo in her review of the "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself " by Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro in the Journal of Democracy. Read here.

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