A Divided Union delves deep into ten pressing political challenges that former US Representatives Patrick Murphy (D) and David
Jolly (R) have identified over their multiple terms in Congress and that continue to plague the American electorate today.
In an introduction describing their unique paths to Congress, Murphy and Jolly focus in detail on key institutional barriers
they faced in Washington in attempting to do the job voters elected them to do. They introduce us to geographic challenges,
demographic change, a polarized media, gerrymandering, the role of money in politics, the structure of primary elections,
and several other aspects of political life on Capitol Hill. The core of the book is original analysis by experts who tackle
these topics in a manner relevant to both the seasoned political science student as well as the general reader. From the commercials
we see on TV to the city council districts in which we live, these concerns shape every facet of our public lives and are
distilled here in a careful synthesis of years of experience and research. Contributors include former federal elected officials,
political science professors, members of the press, and scholars immersed in their fields of study. While other textbooks
may examine similar issues, few have been edited by former members of the U.S. House who have walked the halls of Congress
and directly experienced political dysfunction at so many levels - and are willing to address it. A Divided Union is appropriate
for all political science students as well as the general public frustrated and alarmed by political gridlock.