Jim Cooper, Democrat of Tennessee, wrote an article for the Boston Review on how Congress can’t function anymore. Several political scientists (including myself) and others wrote brief responses. (This seemed to me to be a rare chance to write something that would be read by at least one congressman.)
Kenneth A. Shepsle: Congress has enjoyed periods of reduced partisanship, but they never last.
Norman J. Ornstein: Ban fundraising in Washington, D.C. while Congress is in session.
John G. Geer: Polarization has some real upsides.
U.S. Rep. David E. Price: Strong leadership and committees can be mutually reinforcing, producing better bills.
Jim Cooper replies: Isn’t it disturbing that no one can say for sure where members of Congress stand on key policies?