Current programs

Commission on Civility & Effective Governance

Evidence continues to mount that the American political system’s current trajectory towards ever-greater partisanship, zero-sum governing and tribal gridlock is inflicting grave damage on the republic.

National Security Space Policy

CSPC's National Security Space Policy Project (NSSP) seeks to identify real, actionable recommendations for the integration of commercial technologies into the national security space architecture.

Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

A future in which autonomous motor vehicles are capable of picking up passengers, navigating suburban, urban, and rural streets, and automatically reacting to roadway obstacles is not that far away.

The Better Business of Government

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) has examined the issues impacting government procurement and potential reforms to the procurement system.

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress

In 2000, CSPC developed Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: 76 Case Studies in Presidential Leadership.

Triumphs & Tragedies Series

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Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid

With the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, CSPC launched a yearlong project in July of 2013 to bring together representatives from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector to discuss how to better secure the U.S.

2019 Annual Report

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.

The Congressional Appropriations Process

In examining the challenges posed by the broken appropriations process and the nation’s budgetary crisis, culminating in the 2013 government shutdown, CSPC convened panels of academic experts, chaired by CSPC Senior Fellow Norman Ornstein, to evaluate the challenges