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Structural Reform and Governance

We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

Volunteers help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution during a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, October 2010, in Washington. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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Recent Work

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‘Blinking Red’: A Running Timeline of How the Trump Administration Ignored Warnings, Misled the Public, and Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse Interactive
A view of the West Wing of the White House, May 27, 2017, in Washington. (Getty/Brendan Smialowski)

‘Blinking Red’: A Running Timeline of How the Trump Administration Ignored Warnings, Misled the Public, and Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

This interactive timeline presents the important details about what Trump and his administration have and haven’t done about the coronavirus pandemic—every ignored warning; every needless, wasteful fight; and every tragic misstep they try to spin into success.

Ryan Koronowski, Jeremy Venook, Will Ragland

A Blending American Youth Interactive

A Blending American Youth

Decades of immigration have altered the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States, and it is today’s children who will be the vanguards of this new, diverse America.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey

Election Oracle Interactive

Election Oracle

Demographics are not destiny, but they will have a significant effect on America’s political landscape.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules Interactive
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Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

Billy Corriher, Jake Paiva

Measuring Gun Violence Across the 50 States Interactive
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Measuring Gun Violence Across the 50 States

This interactive map shows a state-by-state survey of 10 measures of gun violence drawn from FBI, ATF, and CDC data. The measures are aggregated to show that states with weak gun laws have higher rates of gun violence, and states with stronger gun laws have lower rates of gun violence.

Emma Shapiro, Charles Posner

The Sour 16 Interactive

The Sour 16

The Center for American Progress compiled its own bracket for March Madness on the worst conservative legislation in the last year. Help us a pick a winner.

Interactive Map: A New Progressive America Update Interactive

Interactive Map: A New Progressive America Update

This updated map from the Progressive Studies Program includes data on progressive shifts in metropolitan areas, as well as the 50 states.

Interactive Map: A New Progressive America Interactive

Interactive Map: A New Progressive America

A state-by-state and county-by-county interactive examination of the new progressive era now sweeping the country.

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