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 research on Congress  
This grant enables the Brookings Governance Studies program to continue its research and analysis related to Congress and its constitutional duties, institutional performance, capacity, and problem solving. Through scholarship, convenings, and dissemination of research and recommendations, Brookings will inform those working to support a more effective Congress. Under the leadership of Senior Fellow Molly Reynolds, Brookings will explore congressional rules and procedures; budget and appropriations process reform; congressional oversight; and congressional capacity, productivity, demographics, and related issues. It will continue producing "Vital Statistics on Congress, a 40-year-old source of essential data.

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