Jonathan Rauch vs. Norm Eisen: “Political Machines Should Be Stronger and Government Should be Less Transparent”

Norm Eisen
Jonathan Rauch

Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution recently authored a new ebook entitled, “Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy,” which argued for strengthening political parties and against the reform instinct of trying to make politics ever-more transparent. In this debate, Rauch takes on Norm Eisen, a former White House official and ambassador to the Czech Republic, on whether we’ve gone too far with political reform. Roll it back, says Rauch, while Eisen argues we’ve done well and could do even better with more transparency. The resolution is “Political Machines Should Be Stronger and Government Should Be Less Transparent.” Rauch argues for it. Eisen argues against.

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