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Lee Drutman
Lee Drutman

Lee Drutman

Author, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop"

Lee Drutman is a political scientist and author focused on political parties and democracy. His recent book, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop," makes the case for a multi-party system in the United States. He is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America, co-host of the Politics in Question podcast, and writes for the New York Times, Vox, and FiveThirtyEight, among other outlets.


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"John Adams worried that “a division of the republic into two great parties … is to be dreaded as the great political evil.” And that’s exactly what has come to pass."
Thursday, January 2, 2020

"As Lee argues, the way to move past the crippling division and dysfunction—to escape the doom loop of escalating two-party warfare—is through large-scale electoral reform that would allow for multiparty representation. This type of reform would not require a constitutional amendment, and would make our democracy more representative, more responsive, and ultimately, more stable."

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
"The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether."
Saturday, October 19, 2019
"The cracks are growing. But the status quo has powerful forces propping it up."
Monday, September 17, 2018
"American political history suggests that an age of renewal lies ahead."
Monday, November 25, 2019

"In most places, meaningful two-party electoral competition is nonexistent. Rather than being one two-party nation, we are becoming two one-party nations."

Thursday, September 22, 2016
"How did Donald Trump succeed at appealing at enough of the center to win the 2016 election, and what kind of candidate do Democrats need to pick to win the center back over? Political scientist Lee Drutman will tell us who these voters are, and how being a swing voter doesn’t necessarily mean being an ideological moderate."
Friday, December 27, 2019
"Proportional voting would reduce party polarization and the number of wasted votes."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017