College of Arts and Sciences

Distinguished Lecturer: Michael Wolf

"The Outlook for Political Civility and Compromise in the Trump Age"wolf-headshot

Michael Wolf

Professor of Political Science

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Walb Classic Ballroom
12:00 p.m.

Political compromise. Does the public want to compromise? One view holds that the public is frustrated by Washington’s gridlock and political leaders who do not pursue pragmatic solutions. And yet, many scholars argue that a substantial percentage of the American public do not want political compromise due to deep ideological beliefs and opposition to the other side.

Research finds that a growing percentage of American partisans do not want to compromise with the other side. Further, the aggressive tone of politics mobilizes them. The question moving forward is how the political system wrestles with many Americans longing for more compromise and civility, while another large percentage of Americans views compromise and civility as selling out the American way of life.


Professor Michael Wolf is chair of IPFW’s Department of Political Science and research fellow with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Wolf studies American and comparative political behavior. He recently co-authored the book, American Difference: American Politics from a Comparative Perspective (2016), co-edited Political Discussion in Modern Politics: a Comparative Perspective, and has published numerous articles and chapters on political civility and compromise. He teaches courses on political parties, voting, and political institutions in the United States and other democracies. Wolf received a B.A. from Michigan State University, an M.A. from Akron University, and a doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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