Raymond A. Smith
Raymond A. Smith, a PPI Senior Fellow, is an adjunct assistant professor of political science at Columbia University and New York University and an investigator in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Reclaiming the most powerful tool of reform: Constitutional amendments
At a time when observers across the political spectrum agree that the machinery of American government is broken, the single most powerful mechanism for repair…
Just what is it that makes Hillary such a formidable front-runner?
The release of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book once again underscores the unending interest in her as a 2016 candidate. But just what is it…
How Season 2 of “House of Cards” Murders the 25th Amendment
As the nation binges on Season 2 of “House of Cards,” we have witnessed ruthless House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maneuver for the…
How Do Tea Parties End?
Just how close is the Tea Party to its demise? Last week, Fox News didn’t even bother airing the group’s official response to Barack Obama’s…
Washington Monthly: What If the US Had a Multiparty System Like Germany’s?
With the U.S. still barely recovered from to al partisan gridlock and political dysfunction, Germany has once again formed a “grand coalition” bringing together the two main center-right…
Washington Monthly: Nelson Mandela: (Almost) the Last of the Lions
The passing of Nelson Mandela marks nearly the end of the generation of great leaders who presided over the astonishing half-decade of 1989-1994, when the…
Our Odd Upper House: The U.S. Senate’s Peculiarities Don’t End With the Filibuster
The filibuster is back in the news, but that’s just one of the peculiarities that make the U.S. Senate perhaps the world’s oddest legislative chamber. When…
How Belgium Survived 20 Months Without a Government
If you think a few days of “government shutdown” in the U.S. is bad, consider that in 2010-2011, Belgium had a political crisis that prevented…
Immigration Reform and the Growing Asian-American Vote
The poor showing of the G.O.P. among Latino voters in 2012 is the political subtext for much of the immigration debate in Congress this week….