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.

All Work

OPEN MARKETS
The Airline Industry Is a Starving Giant That’s Gnawing At Our Economy

Monopolization and Concentration lurk behind United's violent removal of a passenger.


OPEN MARKETS
The Post-Trump Fate of the Reformicons

Phillip Longman's Washington Monthly piece on reformicons was cited in the New Yorker.


OPEN MARKETS
How to Make Conservatism Great Again

Phillip Longman wrote for the Washington Monthly about how antitrust activism could help Republicans reclaim their party.


OPEN MARKETS
Obama Thanks Himself—for a Slow, Partial Recovery

Phil Longman's article, "Bloom and Bust" was mentioned by David Dayen in a piece in The New Republic


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Populism with a Brain

Barry C. Lynn and Phillip Longman wrote in The Washington Monthly about the true tradition of Populism in the United States.


OPEN MARKETS
Bloom and Bust

Phil Longman wrote in the Washington Monthly about the United States' spiraling regional inequality and the policy decisions that caused it.


ASSET BUILDING
Wealth and Generations

By focusing on the growing riches of the “1 percent,” we miss another form of inequality that is bigger, and arguably even more dangerous.


ASSET BUILDING and OPEN MARKETS
Wealth and Generations

By focusing on the growing riches of the “1 percent,” we miss another form of inequality that is bigger, and arguably even more dangerous.


ASSET BUILDING, BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Strengthening Ties

The first report from New America's Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative examines how policies are working against families.


OPEN MARKETS
After Obamacare

A frenzy of hospital mergers could leave the typical American family spending 50 percent of its income on health care within ten years—and b


OPEN MARKETS
Hard Landing

Across much of America, the air transport system is breaking down as the few surviving airlines simultaneously jack up fares and slash servi


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Terminal Sickness

How a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation is slowly killing America’s airline system—and taking down Cincinnati, Memphis, and St. Louis w