December 12, 2013

Polarization

On behalf of New York University School of Law, NYU Washington, DC hosted a special program, "Exploring “Polarization”: A Conversation", co-chaired by Bob Bauer, distinguished scholar in residence and senior lecturer at NYU School of Law and Sally Katzen, visiting professor at NYU School of Law on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The program was sponsored by NYU School of Law’s new Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic.

Through presentations and panel discussion, the program brought together experts from politics, the media and public policy to discuss how the question of “polarization” has become so prominent in our national policy debate and politics. The key questions explored were whether and in what form polarization exists; the sources, scale and impact of any such problem; and whether the solution to” polarization” lies in ordinary politics, or in legal or institutional reform.

The program concluded with remarks from Senator Tom Daschle.


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Co-Chairs

Bob Bauer

Bob Bauer

Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen

Schedule

Opening Presentation: Framing the Issue

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Polarization: the Role and Response of the Media and Think Tank Communities

Polarization in the Political World

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Keynote Address

Senator Tom Daschle

Senator Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the US Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges. In 2003, he chronicled some of these experiences in his book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever.

Distinguished Guests

John Halpin

John Halpin

Major Garrett

Major Garrett

Karlyn Bowman

Karlyn Bowman

John Samples

John Samples

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy

Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler

David Keating

David Keating

Anita Dunn

Anita Dunn

John Fortier

John Fortier

John Sides

John Sides

Richard Pildes

Richard Pildes

Rick Davis

Rick Davis

A note about NYU Law's Washington DC Clinic

The NYU Legislative and Regulatory Policy Clinic was established this fall at NYU’s campus in Washington DC. Under the leadership of Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Senior Lecturer Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel, and Visiting Professor of Law Sally Katzen, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and former Deputy Director of Management of the Office of Management and Budget, students have spent a semester examining issues the multi-faceted role of the lawyer in government lawyers while gaining experience at federal agencies and congressional offices.