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Toxic debate threatens rule of law

Wednesday 12 September 2018
Capitol

With the Trump Presidency engulfed in turmoil, the increasingly toxic nature of political debate is threatening democracy and the rule of law.

In this podcast, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Carla Hills, the 10th US Trade Representative, and Judge Thomas Griffith of the US Court of Appeals, assess the loss of compromise, collaboration and civility.

In conversation with the IBA’s US Correspondent, Michael Goldhaber, they argue that breaking norms and the debasement of political discourse obstruct the work of government and have eroded democratic processes, causing citizens to lose confidence in elected representatives.