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Phillip Longman

Phillip Longman was policy director and managing editor of New America’s Open Markets program. He is also a senior editor of Washington Monthly and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches public policy writing and health care policy.

His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

His speaking engagements have included addresses and consultations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Naval War College, the Japan Foundation, and the governments of India and the Russian Federation, the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, and the National Convention of the American Legion.

His books include Best Care Anywhere, currently in its third edition, which chronicles the quality transformation of the Veterans Health Administration in the 1990s and applies its lessons for reforming the U.S. health care system as a whole. Longman has also written frequently on the issue of global aging and falling fertility, including his 2004 book, The Empty Cradle.

His others include Born to Pay: the New Politics of Aging in America (1987), which accurately predicted the mounting strains on federal spending and economic growth associated with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. In 1997, he warned of the consequences of excess personal debt and insufficient savings in his book, The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America. He is also the co-author, with Ray Boshara, of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, which argues for an embrace of small-scale enterprise and asset-building policies by today’s progressive movement.

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, he has won numerous awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA's Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.