Politics & Policy

An Electorate (Not So) Divided: How We Can Help Mend the Political Divide

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Over the past few years, politicians and the media have underscored how divided Americans are. New research, however, suggests we aren’t all that different. It’s just that we don’t realize how similar we are, according to USC Price School of Public Policy professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.

Currid-Halkett and USC Price Dean Dana Goldman discuss these and other findings about the American electorate and how they might affect the future of our political parties. They also highlight how a better understanding of what unites us could help lower the temperature on political issues and create a more functional country.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking to dive deeper into the most pressing U.S. political divisions
– Policy experts questioning how current research can influence political and class divides
– Those hoping to learn how to bridge the political gap between Americans

About Our Featured Faculty

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at USC Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses in economic development, the arts, and urban policy and urban planning. Her research focuses on the arts and culture, the American consumer economy and the role of cultural capital in geographic and class divides. Currid-Halkett’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Salon, the Economist, the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement, among others. She has contributed to a variety of academic and mainstream publications including the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review.

Dana Goldman is the dean at the USC Price School of Public Policy, as well as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy and Economics at USC. Goldman began serving in his new capacity as interim dean on July 1, 2020. One of his first initiatives is to establish the Price School Social Justice Advisory Board representing faculty, staff and students. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance – two of his field’s highest honors. He is the author of more than 300 articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in leading medical, economic, health policy and statistics journals. He has raised more than $100 million in funding from external sources — including more than $50 million from the National Institutes of Health. Goldman pioneered the “Netflix model” to improve access to prescription drugs and the value of reduced copayments for the chronically ill.