Call for Ideas on How to Address Political Polarization

Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2018

The Project on Political Reform at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy is looking for new ideas -- big or small -- on how to mitigate political polarization in the United States and/or its damaging repercussions.

There continues to be debate over the nature and scope of political polarization in the U.S.  Some researchers contend that the American population is not significantly more polarized on public policy issues than normal historical parameters but, rather, polarization seems greater due to geographic and partisan sorting. Many argue that heightened polarization is largely confined to officeholders, political elites and activists. But others contend that the broader population has become more polarized on public policy matters.

Further, for some, political polarization manifests as incivility, gridlock, and/or hyper-partisanship rather than heighten separation on policy preferences.

For the purposes of this call, we accept your lens. We are interested in your ideas on how to address political polarization as you see it.

Please note that political viability is a crucial consideration. The more politically viable, the more valuable the idea.      

Submissions should be no more than three pages in length. Proposals should take into account existing relevant research and knowledge. All relevant ideas are welcome. They can be refinements or elaborations of ideas already in circulation or they can be completely new.

To stimulate thought, we’ve created a list of ideas that have been suggested by various scholars and authors.

The submission form will accept documents in the following formats: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods

If your idea is innovative or compelling, you may be invited to present your idea at the Harris School of Public Policy and/or to a conference on political polarization hosted by the Project on Political Reform with the support of a grant from the Democracy Fund.

If you have any questions, please contact: Project on Political Reform Executive Director Marc Farinella at mfarinella@uchicago.edu.

Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2018