Political Innovation: Breaking Partisan Gridlock and Saving Our Democracy

Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 4:30 pm
Bowl 016 Robertson Hall lower level
Open to the public
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

Can partisan gridlock in U.S. politics be changed? How?

Join us Nov. 4 in Robertson Hall http://bit.ly/BreakingPartisanGridlock

Business leader Katherine M. Gehl and Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter '69 will discuss their ground-breaking research and analysis on the performance of our political system, arguing our problems are not due to a single politician or party but rather a failure of the nature of competition in the politics industry. Through the lens of industry competition, they put forth a thesis for how to change the system by taking actions that will work.

Introducing their paper, "Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: A Strategy for Reinvigorating Our Democracy," they write, "Today the challenge for Americans is to participate not only as voters, but also to participate in the reform of the political system itself. This is our democracy, and the need is urgent."

Join us in Princeton University's Robertson Hall, Bowl 016, for a discussion of this work called "a brilliant piece of research" by the Financial Times. Julian Zelizer will introduce Gehl and Porter.

Full paper published by Harvard Business School (2017): https://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/research/Pages/research-details.aspx?rid=84

A book on this work is forthcoming in 2020.