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Weak Parties and Strong Partisanship

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

How can we have weak parties in Congress yet historically high partisanship? What do such paradoxes mean for Congress and its relationship with Trump? FiveThirtyEight.com contributor and Marquette professor Julia Azari will break down internal party dynamics, explain how we got here and how she sees these dynamics playing out heading into the 2018 elections.

Speaker:Julia Azari, Marquette University

Lunch will be provided.


This meeting is open to Capitol Hill staff (except interns); experts on Congress; and anyone else who cares about the well-being of America’s legislative branch. This meeting is open to media, and the group's co-directors, Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman, are available for interviews and comment. They can be reached at kkosar@rstreet.org and drutman@newamerica.org.


New America and the R Street Institute launched the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group in spring 2016. The group formed in response to widespread perception that Congress is dysfunctional. The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group aims to assess Congress' capacity to perform its constitutional duties and to collaborate on ideas to improve the legislative branch’s performance in our separation-of-powers system.