Join the John Brademas Center for a conversation with Paul C. Light focused on his recent work in government reform. He will be joined by a distinguished group that includes Joe Davidson, columnist for The Washington Post, Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, and Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
Even as recent polling shows strong public support for Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “spend-whatever-it-takes-without-delay” stimulus package, Americans remain deeply divided over his broader agenda for government. Although President Biden may be the big-spending president many Americans want, Paul Light's new research shows that Americans also want Biden to the government reformer that will make programs and agencies work. Biden’s early reversals of Donald Trump’s anti-government orders will help rebuild civil service morale and restore momentum on big-ticket programs to end the pandemic and restart the economy, but he will also need bureaucratic reforms to avoid the bureaucratic breakdowns that have plagued recent presidencies.