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BPC Launches Democracy Program to Strengthen American Institutions

We are at a pivotal time in American history. Our electoral processes are under attack and must evolve for the challenges of the 21st century. Our institutions are failing to inspire trust and respond to the will of the people. Too many leaders are demonizing others and abandoning bipartisanship. To address these trends, the Bipartisan Policy Center is expanding and restructuring its Democracy Program.

“Regardless of who is in power, our nation must have a government with the capacity and legitimacy to resolve conflicts,” said Jason Grumet, President of the Bipartisan Policy Center. “Without this legitimacy, conflicts that are inherent in a diverse and free society begin to tear us apart. In light of recent challenges, BPC is substantially increasing its efforts to support our nation’s governing institutions by expanding and integrating six initiatives designed to strengthen American democracy.”

“A healthy democracy needs three things: transparent and fair processes, trustworthy and accountable institutions, and civic-minded bipartisan leaders,” said Matthew Weil, Executive Director of BPC’s Democracy Program. “This program encompasses a wide range of work so that we can comprehensively strengthen the foundations that sustain representative democracy.”

The program’s work is spread among six projects:

Over the next two years, the Democracy Program will release timely reports and convene experts to prepare for what is expected to be a contentious 2024 election season. Learn more here.

Join the Elections Project on December 6 for BPC’s 2022 Elections Summit at Planet Word or online.

Democracy team experts are available for interviews, contact Senior Manager of Media Relations Kyle Fischer.