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The design of the both houses of the American legislature, that is the Congress and Senate are mechanisms to prevent mob rule or tyranny of the majority. A dominant party may seek to impose its majority votes to force legislation counter to the will of other parties. Party discipline can prevent compromise causing political stalemates/gridlock. Similarly party discipline can compel its members to agree upon and seek bipartisan solutions.

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Q: How does partisanship create gridlock?
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