Mann portrait

Thomas Mann

Ornstein portrait

Norman Ornstein

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2012
Time: 4:10 PM
Place: 103 Engineering and Physical Sciences Building (EPS)

Title: Mending a Broken Congress: A Conversation with Mann and Ornstein

Free tickets required and available from Betsy Anderson at or 994-4141 after January 25th.

Sponsoring department: Political Science

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Join us for an afternoon of lively conversation on the state of Congress and American politics with renowned congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. From the Brookings Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, Mann and Ornstein have provided thoughtful scholarly commentary on the people’s branch since their time on Capitol Hill as congressional fellows in the 1970s. Their recent books, The Broken Branch and It’s Worse Than it Looks, analyze the reasons for recent congressional dysfunction and provide possible solutions to the gridlock in Washington, DC.

About the speakers:

A noted congressional scholar, Thomas Mann writes and speaks widely on American politics and policymaking, including campaigns, elections, campaign finance reform and the effectiveness of Congress. His most recent book, co-authored with Norman Ornstein, is It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by "a classic" by The Economist); and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May by Basic Books.