Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

'Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop' with Lee Drutman on Wednesday's Access Utah

Lee Drutman
Oxford University Press

In his book Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop, Lee Drutman says that American democracy is at an impasse. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating. Our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer merely argue; they cut off contact with each other. In short, the two-party system is breaking our democracy, and driving us all crazy. He makes a case for large scale electoral reform-importantly, reform not requiring a constitutional amendment-that would give America more parties, making American democracy more representative, more responsive, and ultimately more stable.

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America. He is a co-founder of Fix Our House, a group that advocates for proportional representation. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for ""scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy."" In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. Drutman also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stay Connected
Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.