What can we do about governmental and political dysfunction?

The Project on Political Reform investigates the sources of political and government dysfunction and identifies pragmatic solutions. PPR addresses topics such as legislative decision making, lobbying, political accountability, campaign laws and practices, structural incentives influencing candidate and office-holder behavior, and the relationships between governing institutions. PPR focuses primarily on local, state, and federal government in the United States but, at times, may also address governmental dysfunction in other Western democracies.

PPR is nonpartisan and strongly committed to thoughtful, evidence-based policymaking without regard to political party or ideology.

PPR News & Upcoming Events

Conference on the Health of Electoral Process

This coming June, PPR and the Center for Survey Methodology (CSM) will convene a two-day discussion on the current state of the electoral process.  The participants include top political consultants from both major political parties and researchers from the University of Chicago, UCLA and Stanford University.  Political consultants are the principal custodians of the nation’s electoral system. They understand campaign processes and tactics better than almost anyone else and are constantly engaged in leveraging the system’s strength and exploiting its weaknesses. Yet their opinions and ideas are rarely sought by either researchers or reformers. This conference will begin to  address this deficiency.  Our intent is to surface and explore the viewpoints of the people most knowledgeable about the intricacies of the electoral process … the consultants and practitioners who are professionally engaged in running political campaigns.  In addition to PPR and CSM, Associated Press NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, and the Bipartisan Policy Center are co-organizers of this conference. 

Across the Aisle Dinner

Can Democrats and Republicans agree on ANY solutions to the seemingly intractable problems confronting the United States and other democracies? The Across the Aisle Dinner Series is a way to bring participants outside of their ideological comfort zones, pushing them to engage in challenging policy conversations that might otherwise be avoided. Through these dialogues, interested University of Chicago students with opposing views will seek to identify where – if anywhere -- common

Our next dinner will be on Wednesday May 24th.  The topic will be:  What is the Proper Role of Government?  Learn more and RSVP.  Space is limited, so don’t delay!