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Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Kamarck is a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was Vice President Al Gore’s senior policy adviser.


Trump may be egregious, but he is also a symptom of a much bigger problem facing modern presidents: the inability to govern.

Elaine Kamarck

Obama refused to fight the political battles necessary to forge sustainable policies and a presidential legacy.

Elaine Kamarck

Forum Responses

Rural America no longer has “plundering bosses.”
Elaine Kamarck
I am certainly sympathetic to Sabeel Rahman’s critique that there is “a long-standing pattern of casting beneficiaries of certain public goods as ‘undeserving.’” Starting with Ronald Reagan’s welfare queens, the recipients of...
Elaine Kamarck
As I write, John Kerry, the all-but-certain Democratic nominee for President, is running even with a Republican incumbent with unprecedented amounts of money. The Congress is very closely divided between Democrats and...
Elaine Kamarck

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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