Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

The Influence of Partisan Politics on Government

April 19, 2013, Public Sector Roundtable

The corrosive effect of partisanship on the business of government was the focus of a presentation by Mickey Edwards, former Oklahoma Congressman and member of the House Republican leadership. Edwards is the author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.

His talk, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, was followed by a meeting with the Center's Public Sector Roundtable. Members, who are locally elected officials, shared observations with Edwards about how partisan politics can interfere with the basic duty of politicians to serve their constituents.

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The Influence of Partisan Politics on Government (video)

Attendees
Ian Bain, Redwood City
David Casas, Government Relations
Pete Constant, San Jose
Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz
Jim Davis, Sunnyvale
Sue Digre, Pacifica
Jennifer Dirking, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Mickey Edwards, Apsen Institute
Jarrett Fishpaw, Los Altos
Beau Goldie, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Pedro Gonzalez, South San Francisco
Brian Green, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Kirk Hanson, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Bill Kelly, Santa Clara
Phil Kleinheinz, Santa Clara
Otto Lee, Sunnyvale
Mark Linder, Campbell
Susan Lucas, Santa Clara University
Carol Mayer Marshall, Board, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
John McLemore, Consultant
Russ Melton, Sunnyvale
Raania Mohsen, Santa Clara County Cities Association
Judy Nadler, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Pierluigi Oliverio, San Jose
Teresa O'Neill, Santa Clara
Jan Pepper, Los Altos
Dan Rich, Mountain View
Miriam Schulman, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Jennifer Sparacino, Consultant
Steve Tate, Morgan Hill
Gary Waldeck, Los Altos Hills


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