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Our Peculiar Reform Challenge

An introduction to the oddities and limits of institutional political reform in the United States.

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Electoral Integrity

In international comparisons of electoral integrity, the United States does not score high—but most Americans appear to neither know nor care about it.

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Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.

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The Transparency Paradox

Contrary to the naive sirens of maximum democracy, greater transparency is as much a problem for good governance as it is a solution.

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Fuss Budgeting

The U.S. budget process lies at the core of U.S. political dysfunction because it provides too many points of entry for the logic of collective action. It cannot be changed fundamentally, but it can be reformed at the margins.

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The Campaign Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Regulating the influence of television in U.S. politics is becoming less important than regulating the capacious influence of the internet—but the available methods are not remotely comparable.

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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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