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

Laboratories of Democracy Database

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How nationalism may undermine support for income redistribution

On Vox, Lee Drutman applied a theory about nationalism and income to the 2016 election.

U.S. government shutdown ends, but new deadline looms for 'Dreamers' deal

Lee Drutman was cited in an article in The Globe and Mail about the new Dreamers debate.

Dear Jeff Flake: time to start a third party

Lee Drutman wrote about why words from Jeff Flake are not enough anymore on Vox's Polyarchy blog.

Trump's racial provocations, so shocking in the White House, helped get him there

Lee Drutman was quoted in a CNBC article about how race and identity questions have created new divisions between the two political parties.

Virginia clarifies the case against winner-take-all democracy

On Vox, Lee Drutman wrote about the problems in our electoral system the Virginia decision highlights.

The Case for Proportional Voting

There is no separation of powers without divided government

Lee Drutman wrote a Vox article about how partisanship is currently threatening our separation of powers system.

The power behind the scenes at Congressional hearings

Lee Drutman was interviewed on Marketplace about the theater of Congressional hearings and the role lobbyists play.

Tax Bill Lobbying: Corporate Influence In Washington Explained By Expert

IB Times interviewed Lee Drutman to ask about the influence lobbying had on the 2017 tax reform.

Why the tax bill passed the Senate but Obamacare repeal failed

Lee Drutman explored what made tax reform pass where many others have failed for Vox.

How Democrats Can Extend the Winning Streak Into 2018

Lee Drutman wrote for the New York Times about how Democrats can best prepare for 2018.