03 Lee Drutman

Lee Drutman

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program

New America

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the program on political reform at New America. He is the author of "The Business of America is Lobbying" (Oxford University Press, 2015) and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association’s Robert A. Dahl Award (given for “scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy”). He writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox.com blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has been quoted and/or cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Business Insider, National Review, Politico, and many other publications, and on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, This American Life, Marketplace, Washington Journal, and The Colbert Report, among other programs.

Drutman also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to New America, Drutman was a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. He has also worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Brookings Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University.

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Theft Perception

In this report, Lee Drutman looks at Republican perceptions of the 2020 election and reveals a set of beliefs that strongly correlate with support for Trump and his "Stop the Steal" narrative.

Democracy Maybe

Lee Drutman, Joe Goldman and Larry Diamond revisit Americans' views on authoritarianism and democratic norms amidst a historically tumultuous election year.

Opposing Forces

Lee Drutman offers insights into how the electorate has shifted since the 2016 presidential election and how voters cross pressured on the economy and immigration could impact the 2020 election.

On the Money

Analysis from Lee Drutman, Vanessa Williamson, and Felicia Wong surfaces that going into the 2020 elections, Republicans' views on economic policy are more split than Democrats'.

Spoiler Alert

Lee Drutman, William Galston, and Tod Lindberg explore the recent, unprecedented support for a third party, Americans’ dissatisfaction with current partisan representation, and why a multiparty system remains improbable.

Testing the Limits

Building off "Follow the Leader," this brief by Lee Drutman, Larry Diamond, and Joe Goldman examines how the public thinks about the relationship between presidential authority and three specific checks on his power: the Congress, the courts, and the press.

Follow the Leader

Lee Drutman, Larry Diamond, and Joe Goldman's report seeks to understand the degree to which Americans are open to departures from democracy, and the motivations behind endorsing authoritarian alternatives.


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