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
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
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 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
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
Analysis: Health Care Insiders Are Outside Looking In

Lee Drutman's expertise on lobbying was referenced in a recent Roll Call article about why lobbyists have been unable to stop the Republican


POLITICAL REFORM
Localism and social capital: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on why federalism is key to restoring civic connectedness and faith in the American government

Lee Drutman participated in a panel at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) following a speech on federalism and local engagement by Sena


POLITICAL REFORM
What will it take for Republicans to turn on Trump?

Lee Drutman wrote for Polyarchy on Vox about why Republicans might not impeach Trump.


POLITICAL REFORM
America’s urban-rural divides

Lee Drutman talked about increasing partisanship in an article from The Economist about the growing urban versus rural divide.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Democrats’ problem is not the economy, stupid

Lee Drutman's voter study was referenced in a Washington Post opinion article about the new divides between identity, policy proposals, and


POLITICAL REFORM
Healthcare debate highlights the split that threatens to paralyze Republicans

Lee Drutman was interviewed in a recent LA Times article to explain how his voter study offers insight into the complexity of Republican hea