Read Chapter 9 of Abernathy’s textbook:
1. In your opinion, discuss how the 2016 election was particularly unconventional as compared to previous elections. Focus your discussion on what we know about the traditional American two-party system of politics.

2. Based on the information presented in Abernathy’s textbook, what are the causes of political polarization and gridlock (and the roles they play) in American politics today?
3. What do you see as the future of third parties in the American political system, and why?