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Students in the Wilson School's Junior Summer Institute (JSI) immerse themselves in geopolitics and public policy. Photo by Amaris Hardy, Office of Communications
Students in the Wilson School's Junior Summer Institute (JSI) immerse themselves in a summer of geopolitics and public policy.

“JSI has proven its strength in equipping and motivating students for further careers and studies in public policy.”
—Gilbert Collins, MPA '99 and director of graduate student life and JSI

The Policy Debate
Polarization – divergent policy views – and partisanship – one's loyalty to party – are often used synonymously. However, the two are quite different, and the distinction is important, according to the Wilson School's Nolan McCarty, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, and Georgetown University Professor Boris Shor. Using new data from the Measuring American Legislatures project, McCarty and Shor show that, while Congress continues to diverge, state legislatures are actually far more polarized.