Structural Reform and Governance

Democracy Policy

The Democracy Policy team is advancing an agenda to win structural reforms that strengthen the U.S. system and give everyone an equal voice in the democratic process.

Protestors raise their fists during a rally on the National Mall before the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 2006. (Getty/Mandel NGAN/AFP)

What we're doing

Safeguarding democracy by enacting bold structural reforms

To build a multiracial representative democracy, we need bold structural reforms that expand participation. We are leading policy analysis and research, communications, and advocacy to pass voting rights and democracy reform legislation in Congress to help defend democracy from the serious threats it faces.

Combating democratic decay and disinformation

We are leading cross-institutional work to combat the erosion of trust in government and in our elections—spread in part by the big lie about the 2020 election and a broader strategy by conservatives employed for decades. 

Partners & Coalitions

We are part of the 200+-organization Declaration for American Democracy coalition, the largest coalition of progressive groups assembled to fight for democracy reform—including intersectional advocacy, membership, and policy groups. 

Recent work

Latest

‘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

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.