Brookings Institution

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.
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Grants to this Grantee
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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