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 John 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

POLITICAL REFORM
Why Trump wanted to force a vote on health care

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about why Donald Trump attempted to force a House vote on the Republican health care bill


POLITICAL REFORM
Capitol Improvement

Lee Drutman was featured in CQ Roll Call magazine for his Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group with Kevin Kosar


POLITICAL REFORM
Why Trump’s proposed budget cuts could make the “administrative state” more popular

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about how recent budget cuts will make voters more aware of government programs


POLITICAL REFORM
How to Fight Trump Fatigue Syndrome

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy on how to combat exhaustion due to hyper-vigilant attention to the Trump administration


POLITICAL REFORM
How a Too-Strong Presidency and a Too-Weak Congress Are Destroying the American Experiment

Lee Drutman wrote a piece for the Los Angeles Times based on his policy paper, “Can Our Institutions Survive Our Divided Politics?”


POLITICAL REFORM
House leadership has been writing bills behind closed doors for years

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about the secretive nature of Republicans' Obamacare repeal, and how it is not a new phenomenon.


POLITICAL REFORM
Congress should do its job. But the job members can do depends on the resources they have.

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about the broader effects of an under-resourced legislative branch.


POLITICAL REFORM
Apps Make Pestering Congress So Easy That Politicians Can’t Keep Up

Lee Drutman was cited in Wired about the congressional staffing shortage.


POLITICAL REFORM
Can Our Political Institutions Handle Our Political Divisions?

Lee Drutman argues that consolidated power in the executive branch only serves to deepen our divide.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump Will Not Be a Conventional Republican

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox about why Trump won’t be a conventional Republican.


POLITICAL REFORM
Does Congress Want to Govern?

Lee Drutman wrote for Real Clear Policy about the demise of legislative power.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Case for Fighting Trump on Norms

Lee Drutman and Mark Schmitt wrote for Vox about fighting Trump on political norms.