In late 2014, the R Street Institute launched the Governance Project. Its task is large: to assess and improve the state of America’s system of national self-governance, with particular attention to Congress.
The need for such inquiry should be obvious. Our federal republic is showing signs of dyspepsia, if not outright dysfunction. National public-policy issues, such as immigration reform, long have been deadlocked. Various government agencies — such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Defense — have been in the headlines due to major scandals and management failures. The nation’s debts and deficits remain extraordinarily high.
Why focus on Congress? Quite simply, because most of these governance problems flow from our national legislature’s actions and inactions…. (Read more at http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RSTREET50.pdf)