An earthquake for the Supreme Court: Maya Sen on the implications of the retirement of Justice Kennedy

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, will mean a major realignment for the country’s top court. Kennedy had been the court’s median vote, occupying the middle ground in numerous areas, says Maya Sen, associate professor of public policy and an expert in the ideological tilt of the judiciary.

Alumni explain how what they learned at HKS helped them win key races in France

Guillaume Liegey MPA 2010 and Brune Poirson MPA 2017 discuss their experience guiding Emmanuel Macron to victory, and how Harvard Kennedy School prepared them to do it. 

The history of elections in the United States is long, complex and fascinating. In this video, Professor Alex Keyssar shares three things you may not have known about U.S. elections, and after watching you may find your thinking on the subject has changed

Why presidents fail and how they can succeed again

In her new book,‘Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again,’ Elaine Kamarck is looking to help future presidents understand the past, so they aren't doomed to repeat it. Using Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama as examples, she argues that president's must balance policy, communication, and implementation evenly to succeed.

President George W. Bush

Political ethics: Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor?

On an episode of PolicyCast, Lecturer Chris Robichaud takes us through a new case study exploring the question of whether NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was justified in leaking classified materials exposing the breadth of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities. 

Edward Snowden