Panel 1: The Government Shutdown: A Case Study

February 12, 2014

Even a fiasco can teach valuable lessons. The recent government shutdown was a case study in several dimensions of dysfunction, including the divide between the parties and the pull toward the extremes. The panel digs below the immediate causes to examine longstanding underlying trends, including demographic change, economic stagnation and inequality, partisan media, and the rising role of outside funders and factions. Recorded at the Brennan Center conference Democratic Dysfunction: Exploring Solutions.


Joe Goldman, Director, Democracy Fund



Jamelle Bouie, Staff Writer, The Daily Beast

Thomas B. Edsall, Columnist, The New York Times, Professor, Columbia Journalism School, author The Politics of Austerity

Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, author It's Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress