The big idea

Better leaders, better parties.

Why Leaders?

Democracy rests on a paradox. Top-down leadership really matters in democracy–even more than in autocracy. Political leadership shapes whether and how people perceive reality and govern themselves accordingly. It reinforces (or erodes) social cohesion and patriotism.

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Why Parties?

We all have reservations about political parties, but they are essential for democracy. Majority rule is the one legitimate basis for self-government, and parties are how we build, organize, sustain, and hold majorities accountable. But they need to be better.

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