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In praise of old fashioned politics

May 1, 2015, Elaine Kamarck

Today, Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch introduced a new paper, “Political realism: How hacks, machines, big money and back-room deals can strengthen American democracy." In this post, Elaine Kamarck highlights a key lesson from the paper: in the name of reform, removing transactional politics actually weakened American democracy overall. 

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