Lee Drutman

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the program on political reform 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"). He writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox.com blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has 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. He has also 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

In Search of the American Center

The New York Times featured Lee Drutman's report for Democracy Fund's Voter Study Group.

Why Obama Voters Defected

Lee Drutman's research for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group was featured in a Slate article about Obama-Trump voters

Tribalists and Ideologues

Lee Drutman wrote a review of Neither Liberal Nor Conservative, by D. Kinder and N. Kalmoe, for the summer edition of Washington Monthly.

Trump’s Contradictory Coalition Roils Elections in Virginia, Georgia

Lee Drutman's Voter Study Group research was highlighted in a Washington Post article about how Trump has changed the GOP.

New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election

New York magazine featured a write-up of Lee Drutman's recent research for Democracy Fund's Voter Study Group.

Democrats are Unlikely to Win Back Obama-Trump Voters. But They Should Still Have an Economic Agenda to Help Them.

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about the Democratic Party's strategy going in to 2018.

Why The GOP Is So Hell-Bent On Passing An Unpopular Health Care Bill

Lee Drutman was quoted in a FiveThirtyEight article about why the Republicans are so eager to pass their health care legislation.

How Attitudes About Immigration, Race and Religion Contributed to Trump victory

Lee Drutman was quoted in a Washington Post piece about the role that race, immigration, and national identity played in the 2016 election.

Yes, Congress Is Getting Less Smart. No, It’s Not Trump’s Fault.

Lee Drutman was quoted in a Washington Post Wonkblog article about how Congress's lack of resources and staff affects policy.

Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond

This paper investigates political conflict both between and within the two political parties, and why this may lead to party realignment.

What If “More Public Participation” Can’t Save American Democracy?

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about the myth of the "average citizen" saving democracy via participation.

Paris Pullout Pits Chamber Against Some of Its Biggest Members

Lee Drutman was quoted in a Bloomberg Politics article about the Chamber of Commerce and the Paris Climate Accords.