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The Future of Democracy | What Americans Want from Reform

07/22 Thursday | 5pm

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The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and The GovLab at NYU Tandon invite you to attend this event, co-sponsored by the John Brademas Center of New York University.

Joe Biden won the presidency as the candidate who would give Americans the bigger government that delivers more services they favor, but is still working on answering their call for very major government reform. The two are not incompatible, but reform has been a lost cause in Washington for some years. This conversation will ask what Americans really want and how they can get it. It is based on Paul’s original series of posts on government reform for Brookings published in 2020, which you can read here.

  • The six government reforms we need in 2021 (October 14, 2020)
  • Washington has given up on big-ticket reform (October 12, 2020)
  • The true size of government is nearing a record high (October 7, 2020)
  • Federal bloat is at a 60-year high (Monday, October 5, 2020)
  • Trump’s government dismantlers have lost their plurality (September 30, 2020)
  • Public demand for government reform remains high (Monday, September 28, 2020)
  • The case for major government reform and how Biden can make it happen (Wednesday, September 23, 2020)
  • Six ways the demand for government reform will shape the 2020 election (Wednesday, February 26, 2020)

Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Karlyn Bowman is a distinguished senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women’s attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.

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