Brookings

For Support Of Research On Congressional Primaries

  • Amount
    $250,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    11/16/2015
  • Term
    18 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
Congressional primaries are the great under-studied part of American democracy. Big media almost never pay for exit polls in congressional districts, and there is plenty of evidence that the primary system is one of the major factors at the root of polarization. Yet very little is known about primary voters. Working with the biggest and most well-respected exit polling companies, Brookings will collect exit poll data in 20 congressional districts during the 2016 congressional primaries. The aim will be to help answer many questions about primary voters—their ideology, issue preferences, and intensity of participation in politics—and the effects these voters have on polarization.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of Lawfare's congressional coverage  
Lawfare is a blog dedicated to a nonideological debate about hard national security choices. Lawfare has cultivated a wide and technically savvy audience and effectively expanded their collective interest in areas beyond traditional security issues. Through this grant, Brookings will hire a fellow-level scholar to elevate Lawfare’s level of discourse on Congress. With expanded capacity and in coordination with existing in-house expertise on congressional process and procedure, Lawfare will consider the responsibilities, failures, and priorities of Congress through this nonpartisan forum. Such coverage will incorporate a deep understanding of congressional policymaking and a normative view of what the institution is and should be.

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