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The critical role played by moderate voters and lawmakers in American political life is the focus of a new report co-authored by Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer Elaine Kamarck. “The Still-Vital Center: Moderates, Democrats and the Renewal of American Politics” was released today by the Washington D.C.-based think-tank Third Way. It is co-authored by William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution.
In the report, Galston and Kamarck argue that moderates are an essential ingredient of any governing coalition; they dispute the belief that moderates are merely “Liberals in disguise;” and they call for reforms that would remedy moderates’ structural under-representation in our political system.
Among their findings:
This paper is the latest in a series of reports from the Domestic Policy Program’s moderate politics project, which has already had significant impact in shaping the conversation around the importance of moderates to American politics.
“Galston and Kamarck’s report is an essential contribution to the emerging politics of the center,” said Third Way’s Domestic Policy Program Director Anne Kim. “Moderate politics are not a flash in the pan—they’re here to stay. This report explains why.”
“America is at war and in recession,” said Kamarck, “In times like these we need a political system that produces real, long-lasting solutions to problems. The current system is failing us and needs reform.”
Galston added, “Moderates are a distinct group in American politics and society. Our report shows that both political parties need to take them into account and that our political system would work better if it more fully reflected their views.”