Mending a Broken Congress: A Conversation with Mann and Ornstein





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Published on Aug 5, 2013

Mann and Ornstein have provided thoughtful scholarly commentary about the people's branch of government since their time on Capitol Hill as congressional fellows in the 1970s.

Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. Between 1987 and 1999, he was director of governmental studies at Brookings. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association. A noted congressional scholar, Mann writes and speaks widely on American politics and policymaking, including campaigns, elections, campaign finance reform and the effectiveness of Congress.

Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and is an election-eve analyst for CBS News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served 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, which reformed the campaign financing system. Mann and Ornstein's recent books that they have co-written, "The Broken Branch" and "It's Worse Than it Looks," analyze the reasons for recent congressional dysfunction and provide possible solutions to the gridlock in Washington, DC.

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