In this clip from the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, Russell Muirhead, the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College, encourages a shift toward better partisanship. Our partisanship arises from society's disagreements over the common good and the values that inform it, he says. Think about the ways tonight's vice presidential debate directly engages with those differences, and let us know if the discussion is a turn toward better partisanship.
Watch more from this session "What is Democracy? Does It Work?"
You can see more Aspen coverage on the role of democracy on the October 16 installment of The Aspen Institute Presents. The episode provides a new look at world affairs by probing the merits of democracy. From the United States to Pakistan and China, what are the prospects for the system and what do other countries really want in their style of governing? Catch the show on the WORLD channel, or view our full program archive here.