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Brookings Institution: Profiles in Negotiation

Party polarization and gridlock are facts of political life in our times, and they certainly get their share of attention. But every once in a while, driven by urgent needs, imminent deadlines and determined people, a compromise is reached, passed by Congress and signed by the president. Some of these deals are widely publicized, but some are not.

What can we learn about political negotiating from these breakthroughs and the environment in which they were achieved? What are the circumstances found by the American Political Science Association to be conducive to success, and which were present in these negotiations?

In case studies that cover the landscape, from the broad political context to what staff negotiators were thinking and saying as they haggled over details, Jill Lawrence goes inside the process and illuminates what is necessary to succeed in a polarized era.

Oct. 23, 2015: The Farm and Food Stamp Deal of 2014

Aug. 14, 2015: The Public Lands Deal of 2014

July 2, 2015: The Veterans Deal of 2014

Feb. 26, 2015: The Murray-Ryan Budget Deal of 2013

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