Brookings Institution

For Support Of The Budget Hero Project

Overview
The Hutchins Center at Brookings and The Woodrow Wilson Center will update and expand dissemination of Budget Hero, an interactive, online game that helps citizens and policymakers better understand difficult federal budget choices. The three-year project will span the policy debates of the 2016 election cycle and the 115th Congress and help build consensus about complex budget issues. Strictly nonpartisan in approach, Budget Hero uses Congressional Budget Office baselines and data to allow players to test various solutions and see the short- and long-term budget impact. Enhanced design, mobile versions, expanded content, and wider outreach are features of the proposed Budget Hero version 3.0.
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for support of senior fellowship  
In media through the decline of mainstream journalism, in politics through the decline of political parties, and in civic life through the decline of associations like civic groups and unions, the country has disempowered intermediaries and gatekeepers. The result, however, has been more chaos and less accountability in government and society. What’s the case for re-intermediating? How can institutions such as parties and mainstream media, and norms such as compromise and objectivity, be strengthened? Jonathan Rauch has been building the case for beleaguered institutions and middlemen in a populist age. This grant will help support his fellowship at the Brookings Institution.

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