Brookings Institution

For Support Of The Economic Studies Program’s Work To Improve The Federal Budget Process

Overview
Recent years have seen the federal budget process oscillate between exhaustion and crisis. The "grand bargain" that only recently seemed within reach has proven to be elusive. A growing number of observers believe that the challenge lies in large part with the convoluted process for budgeting within Congress. This project grant to the Brookings Institution will enable its Economic Studies staff, which will in turn be working with colleagues at other institutions, to orchestrate a collective assessment of the current budget process from new and illuminating vantage points and set the stage for a longer-run effort to improve it.
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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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