Bruce E. Cain
Institutional Reform
A Remedy for Government Shutdowns: “No Play, No Pay.”

Right now, members of Congress have few financial incentives to compromise in the face of government shutdowns. A constitutional amendment could change that.

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An Inconvenient Truth
The Downside of Highly Contested Elections

It is often assumed that more democratic contestation means better democracy. But too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Coalition Building
Tactical Illusions and Split 

Despite all the talk of partisan gerrymandering and electoral unfairness, the number one priority for both parties should be building broad, sustainable coalitions.

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Midterm Watch
A Me-First President in a #MeToo Era

Can Republicans withstand the threat of a coming blue wave?

Not So Simple
Burning Questions in the West

It’s not just the politics of climate change prevention that are knotty in the United States. Adaptation is proving just as difficult.

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Social (Media) Democracy
In Facebook We Trust?

There are those who believe we are better off letting high tech executives like Mark Zuckerberg make critical decisions about our democracy. I, for one, am skeptical.

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Checks and Balances
America’s Political Stress Test

The Trump presidency is testing the resilience of our democratic system. How are we holding up?

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Cyber Insecurity
Arms Races to the Bottom

There is a basic similarity between nuclear and cyber arms races—and thus plenty of reason to worry about developing cyber tools as offensive weapons.

The Trump Precedent
The Future of Political Parties in Three Movements

Assuming that the current political situation reflects something deeper about our current politics, what will our democracy look like in the future?

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Lessons from California
The Question of Borders

Immigration today raises many of the same issues that were debated in the 1980s and 1990s—and the Golden State is once again at the heart of the matter.

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