In international comparisons of electoral integrity, the United States does not score high—but most Americans appear to neither know nor care about it.
Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.
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.
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.
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.