Bluff, Bluster And Negotiation: Solving Political Stalemates

Bluff, Bluster And Negotiation: Solving Political Stalemates

Recent negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats can look like a reckless game of chicken, with both parties speeding toward a cliff and neither willing to give in. But as the deadline for Congress to raise the nation's debt ceiling draws closer, the two parties are signaling that they're willing to find a solution to the stalemate that has shutdown the Capitol. Kojo explores the science and strategy behind high-stakes negotiations and asks whether it is possible for a highly polarized Congress to find common ground.

Recent negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats can look like a reckless game of chicken, with both parties speeding toward a cliff and neither willing to give in. But as the deadline for Congress to raise the nation's debt ceiling draws closer, the two parties are signaling that they're willing to find a solution to the stalemate that has shutdown the Capitol. Kojo explores the science and strategy behind high-stakes negotiations and asks whether it is possible for a highly polarized Congress to find common ground.

Guests

John Patty

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis

Catherine Tinsley

Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University; and Executive Director, Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative

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