Lee Drutman

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program

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 (Oxford University Press, 2015) 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." In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has also been quoted and/or cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Business Insider, National Review, Politico, and many other publications, and on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, This American Life, Marketplace, Washington Journal, and The Colbert Report, among other programs.

Drutman also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to New America, Drutman was a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation and has worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Brookings Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University.


All Work

POLITICAL REFORM
Tax reform and the uptick in lobbying efforts

Lee Drutman was interviewed on Marketplace about how lobbyists might get involved in the new efforts to reform the tax code.


POLITICAL REFORM
Yes, the Republican Party has become pathological. But why?

For Vox's Polyarchy blog, Lee Drutman explained why he blames the current problems in the Republican Party on flaws in the American democrat


POLITICAL REFORM
Fury fuels the modern political climate in US

Lee Drutman was quoted in an article on The Hill about the divisions and intensity of the current political climate.


POLITICAL REFORM
We Need Political Parties. But Their Rabid Partisanship Could Destroy American Democracy.

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Big Idea series on the precarious balance between healthy and unhealthy partisanship.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Lobbying Business on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton

Lee Drutman appeared on the Fox News show The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton to talk about his book The Business of America is Lobbying a


POLITICAL REFORM
What’s ‘Proportional Voting,’ and Why Is It Making a Comeback?

Lee Drutman talked about how some problems in US politics could be addressed with proportional voting on Governing.


POLITICAL REFORM
How to Tell if John McCain is Serious about Returning to “Regular Order”

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about why Congress is in trouble and the steps returning to "regular order" would require.


POLITICAL REFORM
Lobbyists Go Underground

Lee Drutman's work on congressional capacity was referenced in an article from The Economist.


POLITICAL REFORM
Steve Bannon May be Gone, but Economic Nationalism is Here to Stay

Lee Drutman was mentioned in a Financial Post article about how the shift towards economic nationalism is greater than Steve Bannon.


POLITICAL REFORM
Republican leaders continue to let Trump turn the GOP into the white supremacist party

Lee Drutman wrote about how Trump is redefining GOP party values and why no one is stopping him for Vox's Polyarchy.


POLITICAL REFORM
Democrats Have Their Own Challenges In Talking About Racial Issues In The Trump Era

Lee Drutman's voter study was referenced in Perry Bacon Jr.'s FiveThirtyEight article about the difficulty Democrats are having navigating t


POLITICAL REFORM
How Trump Won, in Two Dimensions

Lee Drutman's voter study was covered in a Wall Street Journal article about why that data both explains what happened in 2016 and what the