Discoveries Series: Negotiating Agreement in Politics

Starts:
7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ends:
8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
URL:
https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=177080
Register:
https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=177080
Address:
Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road
Room:
4th Floor
Contact Organization:
Development and Alumni Relations
Contact Name:
Sarah Speltz
Contact Phone:
617-358-6275
Fees:
free
Speakers:
Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science
Audience:
public
Deadline:
10/21/2014
Americans value cooperation in their communities, but Washington seems mired in endless gridlock. Why is the United States – one of the most economically and socially vibrant countries in the world – so politically ineffective? The high noon brinksmanship between our Democrats and Republicans is fundamentally at odds with the more quiet mechanisms for policy-making in northern Europe. These other democracies use political compromise to solve policy problems, so what is our problem? Recently, the American Political Science Association (APSA) released a new major report from a special task force concerning political negotiation in the United States and around the world. BU's own Cathie Jo Martin was co-chair of this task force, which included many prominent political scientists from universities across the globe. Join us for this first Discoveries Series event of the 2014-2015 academic year, and hear from Professor Martin how our political institutions betray our best intentions and how our leaders might work together to achieve some progress.