Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the political reform program at New America. He is the author of The Business of America Is Lobbying and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy."
Are We on the Verge of a New Era of Political Reform?
Americans are deeply frustrated with how democracy is working in the United States and that could lead to a change in the status quo.
Government Programs Help Many Who Don't Realize It
A welter of tax credits, breaks and incentives help Americans out in ways they don't understand or appreciate. This ignorance could have real consequences in debates about tax reform and deficit reduction.
‘Conservative’ Means Different Things to Different Conservatives
Voters self-identify as conservatives for several reasons, only one of which is that it reflects their politics
Voters in the Middle See Representatives Leapfrog to Edges
Americans hoping to triangulate their votes to chart a course between the extremes of ideology find their representatives are sailing even faster to the fringes.
Dismissing Gridlock: A Case for Parliamentary Systems
One system of democratic government is consistently better, say two political scientists, and it's not the one we have in the United States.
The Potential Militant Extremist Inside Each of Us
The fanatical thinking that leads to militant extremism is a seductive narrative that may have a surprisingly widespread low-level resonance in the general population, finds one study.
APSA: Death to the Fifth Republic! Long Live the Sixth!
In general, political science conferences tend to be staid, sober affairs.
Congress Not Always Responsive to Electronic World
The percentage of citizens contacting their members of Congress has more than doubled, but both groups view each other with 'mutual skepticism.' What should be done?
Reinventing Turnover in a Hollowed-Out Public Sector
With the public sector facing a potential staffing crisis, two scholars have some basic advice for reducing turnover: help public-sector employees like and trust each other more.