Brookings

For Support Of The Strengthening American Democracy Initiative

  • Amount
    $1,500,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/14/2014
  • Term
    27 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
In 2013, with initial support from the Hewlett Foundation, the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program launched its Strengthening American Democracy Initiative. The Initiative has since undertaken new and much-needed research on the causes of, and potential solutions to, rising dysfunction in the U.S. political system. Topics explored include the changing nature of political parties, possibilities for electoral or institutional reforms, and possible improvements to civic education and news coverage. This grant would allow Brookings not only to continue its research and publications, but also—through events and through its curated website—to better connect academics, practitioners, and policymakers working to address these problems.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.brookings.edu 
Address
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2103
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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