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We usually hear about political polarization as a stumbling block to good governance and progress, but coming up on Where We Live, we’ll ask: can political polarization actually serve to strengthen democracy? Alan Abramowitz is a political scientist who argues that the real divide in American society is not between the left and the right, but between those citizens who are engaged in the political process and those who are not. Polarization, Abramowitz argues, increases the public’s interest in politics and presents clear choices to voters. He’ll join us on Wednesday to talk about his book, The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, And American Democracy.
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