Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program: The Future of American Politics

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The Future of American Politics

Election 2016 has been one of the most unusual presidential bids in recent memory. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump enter the final months before Americans go to the polls, political commentators are considering what this historic race means for the future of the country’s two-party system. Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, and a frequent contributing writer to The Atlantic and National Journal has spent the past thirty years with a front-seat to the DC scene. A leader in the working group that helped shape campaign finance reform in the early aughts and as co-author with Thomas E. Mann of the highly regarded book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, Ornstein will help us parse our contemporary political moment.

Ornstein served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also serves as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners  that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its FutureThe Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann; and, most recently the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the  New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann.

The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, established by the Malott Family in memory of alumna and trustee Elizabeth Hubert Malott ’53, makes manifest her belief that exposure to and engagement with a range of opinions about our nation and world – including conservative perspectives – leads to a rich, inspirational educational experience.