Steven Schier (political science) writes in Star Tribune.

Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, wrote an op/ed for the August 10 issue of the Star Tribune titled “Divergent party platforms reveal the state’s great divide.” Schier comments on a forthcoming book by Joel Paddock, a political science professor at Southwest Missouri State University, that surveyed political party chairs in 2000 and analyzed state party platforms in 2002. Among the interesting findings: Minnesota’s party platforms rank as the sixth most-polarized out of the 31 examined. Schier comments that, in this case, “the tone of political leadership matters greatly…It is a matter of looking beyond the partisan true-believers to provide leadership for all Minnesotans.”

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Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, wrote an op/ed for the August 10 issue of the Star Tribune titled “Divergent party platforms reveal the state’s great divide.” Schier comments on a forthcoming book by Joel Paddock, a political science professor at Southwest Missouri State University, that surveyed political party chairs in 2000 and analyzed state party platforms in 2002. Among the interesting findings: Minnesota’s party platforms rank as the sixth most-polarized out of the 31 examined. Schier comments that, in this case, “the tone of political leadership matters greatly…It is a matter of looking beyond the partisan true-believers to provide leadership for all Minnesotans.”