• The Politics of Compromise

    The Politics of Compromise

    The ballots are counted and voters have been heard. But will the recent hard-fought election, replete with record spending and ever more divisive rhetoric, really change anything in Washington?

  • Seeking Compromise

    Seeking Compromise

    Gridlock in Washington is not a new occurrence. But the degree to which it has frozen Congress is significant. Moderate members of Congress, including Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, are retiring because politicians have become hard-line partisans, making governing difficult.

  • A Day in the Life of Penn, Spring 2012

    A Day in the Life of Penn, Spring 2012

    Crew teams at dawn. A midday rush to food trucks along Spruce Street. An evening performance in an on-campus theater. These are just a handful of the moments, big and small, captured in the first-ever University-wide photo project, “A Day in the Life of Penn.”

  • Is America Broken?

    Is America Broken?

    At the 2012 David and Lyn Silfen University Forum, Penn President Amy Gutmann led a lively and far-reaching conversation with a panel of political experts that touched on unemployment, national healthcare policy, campaign finance reform, and the seemingly irreparable political polarization of American voters.

  • New Ideas for Spending Tax Money

    New Ideas for Spending Tax Money

    Many government programs designed to address societal ills fall short of their goals in sector after sector, and Richard J. Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice, says these programs are predestined to fail because they create self-serving and self-protecting bureaucracies that keep them in business.