It is obviously no longer controversial that the American political system, especially at the national level, is seriously dysfunctional. Consider, for example, what are nearly the opening words-after noting that the United States Capitol is currently enfolded by scaffolding for repair of the physical building-of the distinguished Columbia political scientist and historian Ira Katznelson's recent contribution to a Boston Review forum on "Anxieties of Democracy." Even if "[r]estoration is underway, its conclusion in sight," repair of the institutions inside the Capitol seems a long way off, if it is even possible.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Balkin, Jack M. and Levinson, Sanford, "Democracy and Dysfunction: An Exchange" (2016). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5170.