Whatever happened to the art of compromise in Washington? Author Marc Dunkelman has an intriguing answer. In a new essay in the journal, National Affairs, he argues that our changing communities may be to blame. As they’ve been transformed by technology, globalization and a shift to a service-based economy, we’ve lost opportunities for broader social interaction with those whose points of view differ from our own. That has made understanding and collaborating with those of another political stripe or belief system increasingly difficult. To read more, including an interview with the author, click here.

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