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Structural Reform and Governance

We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

Volunteers help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution during a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, October 2010, in Washington. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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Select Committee Democrats: A Smart and Confident U.S.-China Policy Past Event

Select Committee Democrats: A Smart and Confident U.S.-China Policy

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a discussion on how Democratic policymakers are advancing a vision of democracy and stability in the Indo-Pacific that will help the American public.

How Americans Can Fight Back Against a Radical Supreme Court Majority Article

How Americans Can Fight Back Against a Radical Supreme Court Majority

Responding to the judicial overreach of a radical Supreme Court majority will require long-term structural reforms to the courts and immediate action to mitigate the harms caused by their wrongly decided decisions.

the Center for American Progress

Ben Olinsky, Grace Oyenubi

New York Has a Historic Opportunity to Prohibit Political Spending by Foreign-Influenced U.S. Corporations In the News

New York Has a Historic Opportunity to Prohibit Political Spending by Foreign-Influenced U.S. Corporations

Latrice Walker and Michael Sozan argue that to protect the integrity of New York’s government and promote economic patriotism, the state must pass a law banning political spending by foreign-influenced U.S. corporations.

Medium

Latrice Walker, Michael Sozan

Unions Are Democratically Organized, Corporations Are Not Article

Unions Are Democratically Organized, Corporations Are Not

The authors make the case that in order to strengthen political democracy, policymakers should support the creation of democratically organized groups such as unions.

Center for American Progress

David Madland, Malkie Wall, Danielle Root, 1 More Sam Berger

Corruption Consultants: Conservative Special Interests and Corporations Hurt State Economies and Democratic Processes Article

Corruption Consultants: Conservative Special Interests and Corporations Hurt State Economies and Democratic Processes

Malkie Wall, Danielle Root, and Andrew Schwartz explain how special-interest groups have used states’ tradition as “laboratories of democracy” to implement damaging and regressive policies at the behest of corporate clients and wealthy donors.

Center for American Progress

Malkie Wall, Danielle Root, Andrew Schwartz

Case Studies in Voter Suppression: Profiling Voter Suppressors Report
President Donald Trump speaks alongside then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (L) during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017. (Getty/Saul Loeb)

Case Studies in Voter Suppression: Profiling Voter Suppressors

In order to bring attention to the nationwide problem of voter suppression, it is important to call attention to the politicians who are most notorious for restricting voter access.

Danielle Root, Aadam Barclay

Congressional Democrats Pushing for Bold Democracy Solutions In the News

Congressional Democrats Pushing for Bold Democracy Solutions

Author Michael Sozan discusses the damaging impact of the Trump administration's policy agenda and congressional Democrats' efforts to regain the American people's trust with a bold reform agenda.

Inside Sources

Michael Sozan

Rep. Tom Price’s STOCK Act Scandal Article
Nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 24, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. ((AP/Andrew Harnik))

Rep. Tom Price’s STOCK Act Scandal

Republicans in the Senate who have supported the STOCK Act should deny Rep. Price’s confirmation until a full investigation can be conducted into determining whether he violated federal law.

Danielle Root

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