William A. Galston

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Senior Fellow, Governance Studies | The Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies

A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Bill Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization. | View Full Bio

  • Podcast

    2014 Midterms Post-Election Special

    November 5, 2014

  • In the News

    The State Department report will make it much harder for Obama to justify rejecting the Keystone project. Still, it has become a highly visible and emotionally charged symbol of an often diffuse issue, and it is where many leading environmental organizations have chosen to draw the line.

    March 14, 2013, William A. Galston, The New Republic
  • In the News

    I think that Obama's second inaugural address will go down in history as the last speech of his election campaign. I think the 2013 State of the Union address will be regarded as the framing speech for his second term. If President Obama wants to be a transformational president and be regarded in history in that way, he's going to have to build on this new vision of government that he's advancing.

    February 11, 2013, William A. Galston, AFP
  • In the News

    Forces within the Democratic Party are clearly mobilizing to prevent President Obama from returning to anything resembling the 2011 negotiations. Where [Nancy Pelosi] will come down on that, I don't know.

    November 14, 2012, William A. Galston, The Daily Beast
  • In the News

    The government does remain divided, and I know there are a lot of people in the Democratic Party who believe the president doesn't have to compromise. But he has no choice but to negotiate. The chance of getting stuff done is dependent on his negotiations. He can't force his will on House Republicans.

    November 7, 2012, William A. Galston, The Hill
  • In the News

    I see [the Obama] campaign as having, at the very least, not furthered the cause of compromise.

    November 5, 2012, William A. Galston, The Globe and Mail
  • In the News

    It's pretty stunning that [the fiscal cliff] didn't come up [during the debates] and it's certainly not clear to me why no moderator raised the question...With regard to the urgent fiscal question facing the country, this campaign has missed an opportunity to educate the public to these issues. As a result, these will come as a big surprise to the public.

    October 24, 2012, William A. Galston, The Fiscal Times
  • In the News

    There's an old adage to the effect that 'personnel is policy', [and Romney's staff is] very much divided between the Neocon pole and the more traditionally Realist pole...And if press reports are to be believed, Romney has taken advice from both. This is a pretty good camp strategy for keeping both sides of Republican establishment happy. What it means down the road has not been clarified.

    October 8, 2012, William A. Galston, ABC News
  • In the News

    A completed budget is expected to do much more than set spending levels for discretionary programs...The 2011 BCA kept the government open, but it didn't constitute a full budget.

    September 12, 2012, William A. Galston, PolitiFact
  • Expert Q & A | Thomas E. Mann and William A. Galston

    The Republican and Democratic Conventions – Who Came Out Ahead?

    September 7, 2012

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