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Governance

It is critical to America’s future to understand and bolster the current state of our democracy, strengthen the capacity of its governing institutions, and build a Congress that is responsive to a diverse nation.  We examine trends and advance ideas for reform in areas from election administration, campaigning, and voting to the inner workings of our government.

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These days, it’s almost a given that Congress is in a state of dysfunction, that lawmakers can’t seem to work together, and that politics outweighs getting things done for the American people. But it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to be now, either. BPC’s Congress Project holds the legislative branch accountable by tracking the functioning of Congress  through the Healthy Congress Index and strives to build better relationships between lawmakers of different parties through the American Congressional Exchange. Our proposals for congressional reform are based on both data on how Congress operates and the experiences of current and former lawmakers.

  • The Congress Project

    These days, it’s almost a given that Congress is in a state of dysfunction, that lawmakers can’t seem to work together, and that politics outweighs getting things done for the American people. But it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to be now, either. BPC’s Congress Project holds the legislative branch accountable by tracking the functioning of Congress  through the Healthy Congress Index and strives to build better relationships between lawmakers of different parties through the American Congressional Exchange. Our proposals for congressional reform are based on both data on how Congress operates and the experiences of current and former lawmakers.

  • The Elections Project

    Free and fair elections are critical to the health of democracy, and voting is the most important expression of a citizen’s democratic rights. America’s voting rights history includes an uneven expansion of the franchise to cast a ballot as well as increased barriers to voting. Improving the voting experience for all Americans allows citizens and engaged communities to register to vote, cast their ballots, and have their votes accurately counted.

  • Governmental Studies

    Governmental Studies addresses long term and large structural issues in American politics.  Technology and Politics, the Electoral College, how recounts, election disputes, and other disagreements about elections might be resolved, Presidential succession and continuity of government.

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