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Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond

This paper investigates political conflict both between and within the two political parties, and why this may lead to party realignment.


Can Our Political Institutions Handle Our Political Divisions?

Lee Drutman argues that consolidated power in the executive branch only serves to deepen our divide.


NEW MODELS OF POLICY CHANGE
Can Transpartisan Coalitions Overcome Polarization?

We studied the successes and failures of an emerging approach to policy change.


POST-MAP-ASK

American democracy faces a fundamental challenge.


Political Dynamism

Lee Drutman makes the case for political dynamism as an affirmative vision of politics.


NEW MODELS OF POLICY CHANGE
Parallel Play in the Education Sandbox

A new report from New America peels back the curtain on how Common Core unexpectedly became a hot-button issue.


NEW MODELS OF POLICY CHANGE
Spreading the Gospel of Climate Change

A new report examines the 2009-10 effort to leverage evangelical Christians to pass climate change legislation, and why it failed.


NEW MODELS OF POLICY CHANGE
The Sequester, the Pentagon, and the Little Campaign that Could

We examine the unlikely political coalition that helped secure a drop in defense spending steeper than any since the end of the Korean War.


NEW MODELS OF POLICY CHANGE
How Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration

The first in a series of papers from the New Models of Policy Change Project examining the “strange bedfellows” of transpartisan coalitions.


Who Owns Your Politics?

A common piece of advice for new hires is to avoid talking about politics, sex, and religion in the workplace.


Small-Donor Empowerment

In the wake of the 2014 mid-term election that cost nearly $4 billion, and in which the tide of “dark money” from large, unidentified...


Political Opportunity

The cause of restoring American democracy demands more than just new laws or new norms — we need a new rationale, not only for legal purpose