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Political Decay
Patronage and the Pandemic

While we don’t have all the answers yet, early indicators suggest that the President is using wide latitude to direct supplies to his supporters and to benefit businesses close to him.

Uneasy Fixes
Political Reform and American Democracy

Currently, our electoral system does not let voters vote their true preferences. We could change that.

2018
The Paradox of Party Polarization

Political parties are both weak and strong in the United States. What does that portend for our democracy?

Polarization and Partisanship

If polarization and extreme partisanship in American politics are but skin-deep—problems caused by activists and professionals rather than the electorate as a whole—then reforms are possible. Happily, that’s the case.

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