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State parties: A neglected path to healthier politics

Hidden in plain sight, state party organizations are linchpins of the U.S. political process, and evidence suggests they can act as important counterweights to polarization and extremism. Yet campaign finance rules and the explosive growth of super PACs have left state parties struggling on a playing field that is tilted against them. What is the condition of the state parties in the age of Trump? What are their prospects and how can they be strengthened?

On March 8, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings will host a panel of experts to discuss a groundbreaking new report that combines interviews, financial data, and new survey results to assess the state of the state parties in 2016 and offer sensible, attainable recommendations for reform.

After the session, panelists will take audience questions.


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Agenda

Presenters

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Raymond J. La Raja

Associate Professor, Political Science - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Discussants

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Jason Perkey

Executive Director - South Carolina Democratic Party

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