Deliberation and Transparency

Yuval Levin at AEI: Members consequently use their positions to build personal brands and to excite fans and followers. But these trends have been greatly exacerbated by a further transformation that does not get enough attention: the loss of protected spaces...

Reviving Oxford Debates on Capitol Hill

On February 5, Norman Ornstein testified before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I want to offer some ideas for improving the way the House debates and deliberates, based on my five decades of observing...

Debate, Deliberation, and Audiences

Joel Fox at Fox and Hounds: Listening to the raucous audience frequently interfering at last night’s Los Angeles District Attorney election debate rekindled a question I’ve thought about before– why are audiences permitted at major political debates—including...