Brookings Event on Democracy Reform

On June 1, the Brookings Institution, Demos, AmericaSpeaks, the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at Harvard University and Everyday Democracy hosted a forum to explore current challenges to good governance and to discuss ways of creating and strengthening a strong, vibrant and inclusive democracy, focusing mainly on proposed solutions to reform our gov ernance, election and campaign finance systems. The first panel focused on how electoral and campaign finance systems can be reformed. The second discussion centered on improving institutional performance, administrative infrastructure and governance processes to better address the nation’s most pressing policy problems.

You can watch C-Span coverage of the event: The first half of the event included remarks by Darrell West of Brookings; Miles Rapoport of Demos; Norm Eisen, the Ethics Chief of the White House; Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause; Jon Greenbaum of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Nick Nyhart of Public Campaign; Eddie Hailes of the Advancement Project; and Clarissa Martinez of the National Council of La Raza. The second half of the event included remarks by E.J Dionne of Brookings, Carolyn Lukensmeyer of AmericaSpeaks; Archon Fung of Harvard University; Thomas Mann of Brookings; Martha McCoy of Everyday Democracy; and Gary Bass of OMB Watch. An audio recording and transcript of the panels is available at the Brookings web site.