Survey reveals a majority of Americans believe their Members of Congress do not represent them the best

August 26, 2019
James Madison wrote in Federalist 52 that the House of Representatives “should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.” This is why the framers… Read More

Blocking critics on Twitter: What Congress should know

July 29, 2019
Good news, D.C.: August recess is around the corner. For many, it is a time to escape the Beltway for some much sought-after R&R. For members of Congress, it is… Read More

Video: How House leadership is chosen and trained: A conversation with Matthew Green

July 10, 2019
 How is the speaker and the other leaders of the House chosen? What factors who wins these races… Read More

Who reaches the pinnacle of power in Congress, and why?

July 9, 2019
Few would dispute the critical role that party leaders play in Congress today. They are intimately involved in every stage of the legislative process. Leaders set the agenda, resolve disagreements… Read More

Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy Into the 21st Century

July 2, 2019
Download this report published by the Beeck Center of Georgetown University. Read More

The Tribune, the Triumvirate, and the Ethos of the Senate

June 27, 2019
James Madison famously predicted that the constitution’s division of power would be enforced by the “personal motives” of those individuals holding public office. Ambition is made to counteract ambition when… Read More

If we want to improve lawmaking, we need to distinguish capacity from advantage

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June 3, 2019
Citizens, the news media, and legislators themselves have become increasingly concerned about Congress’s ability to carry out its core functions, from lawmaking to representation of public opinion on policy matters… Read More

Honest messengers: How symbolic messaging votes in Congress match vote choices on “real” votes

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May 20, 2019
Members of Congress take many votes on policies that have no hope of becoming law. Often called “messaging votes” or “position taking votes,” they allow members the chance to reveal… Read More

Do members of Congress suffer the consequences of scandal?

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May 6, 2019
Scandals in Congress are common. On average, at least one member of the House of Representatives is found every two months to be involved in a personal imbroglio or… Read More

Make Congress (properly) political again

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April 10, 2019
Chris DeMuth’s new essay powerfully and convincingly argues that well-functioning representative government is a necessary condition for national cohesion in our democratic age. DeMuth is not starry-eyed about legislatures, or… Read More