The three branches of the U.S. government—legislative, judicial and executive—each holds its own responsibilities and powers to execute the nation’s laws on behalf of all American citizens. Brookings experts examine how the government’s many agencies and organizations function and interact, the role the U.S. government plays in citizens’ lives, and offer recommendations on increasing government efficiency.
Executive Branch ›
March 6, 2014, John Hudak
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U.S. Department of State ›
March 3, 2014, Fiona Hill
U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Economic Performance
White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants
2014, John Hudak
2014, Angela Stent
Congress, President, and the Search for Answers, 1945–2012
2013, Paul C. Light
A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders
2013, Jackson A. Nickerson and Ronald Sanders, eds.
Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed
2013, Marvin Kalb
2013, Cass Sunstein
Operative in the Kremlin
2013, Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy
Essays on the Contemporary Meaning of the War of 1812
2012, Pietro S. Nivola and Peter J. Kastor, eds.
2012, Justin Vaïsse
Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Revised Edition)
2012, Deborah Kalb and Marvin Kalb
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Focused on new ideas to make government work, FixGov is a blog that identifies and aims to solve the nation’s most pressing political and governance challenges. The solutions offered here are sensible and realistic.
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