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Wendy J. Schiller

The Larger Forces Behind the January 6, 2021 Insurrection

January 7, 2021

In January 2021, Eric M. Patashnik and Wendy J. Schiller provided commentary on the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol. Their insights draws from points made in their recently published edited volume, "Dynamics of American Democracy," (University of Kansas Press).

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Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government Performance

November 16, 2020

In December 2020, Eric M. Patashnik and Wendy J. Schiller published, "Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government Performance." This edited volume brings together leading scholars and practitioners to examine the challenges plaguing contemporary American politics, including ideological polarization, partisan sorting, and legislative stalemate. 

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Will Mitch McConnell strangle Joe Biden's legislative program at birth? (commentary by Wendy Schiller)

November 9, 2020 The Guardian

Wendy Schiller in The Guardian, "I think he understands what his job is. It’s not going to be to pass sweeping legislation – this is no FDR or Lyndon Johnson. This is a guy trying to get us back on track to some sort of normalcy in governance...That’s Biden’s job, and anybody who’s expecting any grand legislative measures is just living in fantasyland."

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