chapter  13
The Roller-Coaster Policy Ride of Winner Take All
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As we saw in the previous chapter, research by political scientists Lawrence Jacobs and Robert Shapiro estimates that the United States Congress is now on the same page as the American people a mere 40 percent of the time. Policy dissonance rules. Yet this hardly should be surprising. Even casual observation of the Congress in recent years should have given more than a hint to unbiased eyes that Winner Take All does not necessarily fulfill Dahl’s criteria for majoritarian governmentgovernment does not always do what the majority wants it to do. The following are examples of recent specific policy debates and legislation in the Congress that illustrate the Winner Take All policy goblins at work.