Guest Column: Political And Policy Skills Starting To Merge


Last updated 4/1/2019 at 2:06pm

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy.

I know. You look at the policy stalemates in Washington and wonder how this could be. The people who arrived there by winning elections haven’t shown much in the way of policy-making prowess. But let me explain.

Politicians running for office have a choice. They can appeal to their base and count on it pushing them over the top or they can try to build a coalition of voters.

The former approach gives us more of what we already see: politicians who don’t show...

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