The Center for American Political Responsiveness was founded in 2011 as an interdisciplinary academic center that investigates questions of democratic governance and public policy. Our inclusive focus encompasses traditional issues of political behavior and political institutions at all levels of American government. At the same time, the research highlights or emphasizes the relationship between them as critical, if democratic governance is to be successful.
American political institutions must ultimately be evaluated in terms of how well or how poorly they translate the democratic preferences of the people into public policy. The people’s preferences provide the raw material of democratic governance. We will tackle these issues through research and fostering dialogue within the academic community and with the public.