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Thu 17

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

DIVIDED WE FALL: How Business Can Depolarize the US • Part 3, Changing Incentives

Business for America

Location: Online

Deepening divisions in the US, both politically and culturally, pose a threat to our democracy. The issue goes beyond a move to the right for Republicans or to the left among Democrats, as extremism has marginalized long-standing moderate political beliefs in both camps, and bipartisanship has been vilified. Our political system’s polarization and dysfunction harm our business environment and workplace culture.

The Niskanen Center and Business for America designed this four-part webinar series to discuss the root causes of political polarization, its social and economic costs, and what the business community can do to reduce division and have the greatest unifying impact.


Thursday, June 17th | 12:00 to 1:30pm EDT

Changing Incentives: How business contributes to polarization (and how it can stop)

Business engagement in politics is nothing new, but following the January 6 riot, scrutiny has grown on how corporate political spending may be incentivizing bad behavior among politicians. How can businesses be sure their government affairs and corporate PACs aren’t wreaking havoc on our democracy?

In this session, we’ll discuss a model for “corporate political responsibility” and why business has “an enlightened self-interest” in supporting political moderation, trans-partisanship, and an actionable “middle way.”