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Want to be president? Show us how you’d handle a disaster.

Instead of spending the week after a debate arguing over who had the best comeback or the worst gaffe, maybe we’d get the kind of Monday-mor


Corporate Lobbying Is the Ultimate Tragedy of the Commons

As the tragedy of the commons teaches, the cattle can graze on the shared land for only so long. The policy process in Washington looks more


Can Humanitarian Intervention Be Saved From Its Friends?

President Barack Obama has now used force or supported others’ use of force for humanitarian purposes more times than George W. Bush or Bill


The debate over state polarization and campaign finance laws continues

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, polarization is a function of many, many things, and it’s hard to imagine how changing limits on what


Can unlimited Contributions to Political parties Really Reduce Polarization?

A core problem in American politics is ideological polarization, which makes compromise impossible, not only in Congress but also in the sta


Democrats Work to Blunt GOP Attacks on Global Affairs in 2016

Heather Hurlburt, who studies policy and political discourse at the New America think tank, said Democrats or Republicans trying to influenc


Low-Information lawmakers

At the risk of oversimplification (inevitable within the confines of a book review), we have two basic choices for how we orient our politic


The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate

Lee Drutman is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Ox


The solution to lobbying is more lobbying

The better approach is to counter existing lobbying with more lobbying. Something resembling the general interest is most likely to emerge w


A Better Way to Rein In Lobbying

It’s easy to get depressed about the state of American democracy. But we don’t need to be. The solutions are not overly complicated: Give go


Corporations now spend more lobbying Congress than taxpayers spend funding Congress

This wasn't always true, Drutman writes. The corporate lobbying budget only began regularly exceeding Congress's operating budget in the ear


How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy

As companies became more politically active and comfortable during the late 1980s and the 1990s, their lobbyists became more politically vis