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.

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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


POLITICAL REFORM
These frightening new survey results describe a Congress in crisis

Lee Drutman wrote an article for Vox's Polyarchy about why Congress can't function with its current institutional capacity.


POLITICAL REFORM
Jeff Flake Is Not the Future of the Republican Party

Lee Drutman was cited by Reihan Salam in Slate for a piece about why Jeff Flake is too much of a 20th century Republican to effectively take


POLITICAL REFORM
It doesn’t matter how many hours Congress is in session. Its problems are deeper.

OnVox's Polyarchy blog, Lee Drutman wrote about why the problem isn't how much time Congress spends working. Instead, it's Congress's modern


POLITICAL REFORM
Democrats Can Abandon the Center -- Because the Center Doesn't Exist

Lee Drutman's voter study was referenced in a New York Magazine article about how Democrats should think about reaching voters with policy.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Return of the One-Term Presidency?

Lee Drutman was referenced in an Atlantic article about the potential of a one-term Trump presidency and the challenge facing Democrats.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump Wants a Culture War. Are Democrats Ready to Fight Back?

Lee Drutman was quoted in a piece from the New Republic about how issues of culture and economy are going head-to-head in our current politi


POLITICAL REFORM
The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party

Lee Drutman wrote for The New York Times Opinion Pages about why the division in the Democratic Party isn't actually about policy.


POLITICAL REFORM
Uber and the gig economy used to love Obamacare. What happened?

Lee Drutman was consulted in a STAT article about why the gig economy leaders that supported Obamacare have retreated from the healthcare de


POLITICAL REFORM
Congressional Republicans are at the world’s worst dinner party, and still too scared to leave

Lee Drutman wrote about political cascades and why Republicans won't speak out against Trump on the Vox Polyarchy blog.