Gridlock: Bridging the Partisan Divide

Dean Ben Vinson III and Professor Sarah Binder
June 17, 2014

Gridlock. It’s a word that evokes images of frustration and paralysis. For Congress, gridlock has increasingly become business-as-usual. Partisanship and deep ideological polarization have stymied efforts to find compromise and solve the nation’s most pressing problems.

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Sarah Binder, professor of political science at Columbian College and a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, discusses the gridlock dilemma. She specializes in the study of Congress, political parties and the causes and consequences of legislative gridlock.