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From Political Gridlock to Constitutional Change

Liam James Doyle

This episode originally aired on October 28, 2021.

In U.S. history, previous periods of gridlock and partisanship eventually gave way to bursts of constitutional amendments.

Given our current political climate, are we positioned to see a wave of new amendments?

In the book The People’s Constitution: 200 Years, 27 Amendments, and the Promise of a More Perfect Union authors John Kowal and Wilfred Codrington III look at the evolution of American democracy.


  • John Kowal, vice president for programs at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Wilfred U. Codrington III, assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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