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Foster Productive Political Conversations Via Discussion Groups

Super-charged political polarization isn’t new

When association members take hyperpartisan stances, your advocacy efforts suffer. Government relations professionals can help members navigate partisan concerns, talk productively about issues, and stay involved in the organization’s policy work.

Super-charged political polarization isn’t new. It just seems so because many media outlets have provided forums for theatrically dysfunctional political discussions. What is relatively new is that some association members who previously were loyal advocates for their association’s policy positions have now mitigated or abdicated their engagement because of their personal political values. This behavior has consequences for an association’s government relations programs and legislative agenda.

Our research with a variety of organizations reveals that there are advocates and association members who exhibit political maturity and those who cling to personal politics disguised as association interests. The latter group is usually more vocal and negative, and negative communications weigh much more heavily on people than positive interactions, resulting in a form of organizational e-coli.

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