How to Address Political Polarization

The Project on Political Reform at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy is looking for new ideas -- big or small -- on how to mitigate political polarization in the United States and/or its damaging repercussions.

There continues to be debate over the nature and scope of political polarization in the U.S.  Some researchers contend that the American population is not significantly more polarized on public policy issues than normal historical parameters but, rather, polarization seems greater due to geographic and partisan sorting. Many argue that heightened polarization is largely confined to officeholders, political elites and activists. But others contend that the broader population has become more polarized on public policy matters.

Further, for some, political polarization manifests as incivility, gridlock, and/or hyper-partisanship rather than as heightened separation on policy preferences.

Here's a list of ideas that have been suggested by various scholars and authors for how to address political polarization.

Do you have an idea that should be added to the list?  If so, please contact: Project on Political Reform Executive Director Marc Farinella at