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Poles Apart? Party Polarization and Industrial Structure in American Politics Now

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Only a few years ago, comparisons of American politics to opéra bouffe were not outrageously farfetched at least if you were not poor or sick.

For all the zany characters prancing on the national stage or their often stunning antics such as forcing endless Congressional votes on hot button issues with zero chance of passage Doomsday never quite arrived. Somehow, at the end of the day, as the two major parties glared at each other across the aisles on Capitol Hill, some continuing resolution or grumpy compromise would be struck to keep the show going.

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