My two cents on the sharp rise of partisanship and congressional polarisation is they are driven by the great restraint in the growth of government spending in the 1980s. From 1950 to 1980 the size of government doubled but then stopped dead in the 1980s. This great restraint on the growth of government happened everywhere. …
The most conservative House Republicans 25 years ago would be the most liberal members now: 53eig.ht/1FwIOu5 http://t.co/Dw8PVm3TGm— (@FiveThirtyEight) September 29, 2015
Basically, Trump is a @jbarro Republican. nytimes.com/2015/08/18/ups… http://t.co/cZw63rjjiy— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 14, 2015
And it's not just the public – Congress is more polarized than any time since the 1970s: pewrsr.ch/SCAUr3 http://t.co/ccjXByaTdY— Drew DeSilver (@DrewDeSilver) June 12, 2014
1993 2003 2013 via Senate Voting Relationships.
On or about 1990, as a latter-day Virginia Woolf might say, American politics changed. I wouldn’t take the blip of the dotted line at 1990 very seriously–sampling variability and all that–but the general pattern in the graph above is real, and appear in all sorts of other data. In 1988 and before: zero correlations of …