2019 Annual Report: Fostering the Spirit of National Renewal

Over its more than fifty year history, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress has sought to harness lessons of presidential and congressional decisionmaking to promote a democratic system that delivers for the American people. As the country faces new challenges grounded in rapid technological change and declining confidence in governing institutions, the Center continues to play a critical role in shaping innovative strategies for national renewal, and proposing structural reforms to rebuild trust in our democracy.

As a non-partisan, non-profit institution, the Center promotes bipartisan cooperation among the various branches of government and within Congress.  We encourage civil debate and compromise, and seek to bring stakeholders from the private and public sectors and academia to the common ground necessary for the effective functioning of our federal government.

This year we increased our efforts to promote bipartisan cooperation by examining the systemic incentives that drive political polarization, while identifying the best pathways to reform.   Our Commission on Civility and Effective Governance has convened bipartisan discussions with the political and business communities in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, with more outreach planned for the coming year. We will encourage and enable a civil national dialogue, promulgate research on meaningful progress in the political reform space, leverage media opportunities and grow the community of American leaders active in making positive change.

In order to promote better policy, CSPC also works to bridge gaps between policymakers and leaders in the private sector and academia by convening stakeholders and influential thought leaders, and engaging them in respectful dialogue that seeks solutions to complex challenges. These discussions inform policy development, and lead to better connections between elected leaders and those they represent.   

The Center is expanding its work promoting the integration of innovative commercial space capabilities into our national security space architecture, and thus fully leveraging the ingenuity of the American private sector. In the year ahead we will also focus on the advancement of cutting-edge technologies which will have a profound impact on U.S. national security and international competitiveness.

Through our Presidential Fellows Program, CSPC identifies and inspires the next generation of American leaders, and encourages them to incorporate civility, character, and public service into their lives and careers. Annually CSPC also honors bipartisan leadership and strategic vision, and this past year we recognized Republican Governor John Kasich and Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper with our Publius Award for leadership and bipartisanship in government.

The Center actively analyzes and shares lessons learned from the art of effective governance through a wide range of publications. CSPC publishes the premier academic journal on the Presidency, “Presidential Studies Quarterly,” as well as two anthologies of case studies: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency and Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress. These books are part of the curriculum at numerous universities, and they provide critical historical context, and examples of transformational leadership. The Center also produces timely Op-Eds and blog posts, and expert commentary on live media broadcasts, relevant to current national challenges and the lessons of history.

Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC). We look forward to working with you as we pursue these important missions. 


Glenn C. Nye III, President and CEO

Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress