William G. Howell


William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago. 

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Trump’s “Presidential Tone” Is Meaningless

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moe
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Judge him by how he actually governs.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Antiquated Constitution

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia Prospect Magazine (UK)
Thursday, February 2, 2017

The founding document of the United States is wholly unsuited for a modern democracy—and a potential danger to its survival.

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Conservatives And Constitutional Change

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Constitution is a brilliant document, but it’s time for a more effective system of governance.


Fix The Broken US Government With 'Fast Track'

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia CNN
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The media's wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump and the presidential horse race is a distraction from the main event -- namely, that American government is dysfunctional.

Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Our government is failing us. From health care to immigration, from the tax code to climate change, our political institutions cannot deal effectively with the challenges of modern society. Why the dysfunction? Contemporary reformers single out the usual suspects, including polarization and the rise in campaign spending. But what if the roots go much deeper, to the nation’s founding? 

Teachers' Unions Slipping

by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, Martin R. Westvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

The unions are losing their appeal. Even among teachers themselves, polls suggest. By Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, and Martin R. West.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem

by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, Martin R. Westvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Only 22% of Americans think unions have a positive effect on schools...

Analysis and Commentary

Meeting of the Minds

by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. Westvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree...

Analysis and Commentary

School Choice: A Civil Rights Issue

by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howellvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 24, 2002

Despite the efforts of the civil rights movement, public schools today remain just as segregated as they were in the 1950s.