Panel 3: Ideas and Prospects for Congressional Reform

Reforming Congress? Ethics, Accountability and Leadership in the Contemporary Congress

The 2021 Travers Conference will bring together experts from around the country to assess proposals to reform Congress. There is an active bipartisan effort underway in Washington, D.C., to consider potential reforms of a Congress that is commonly perceived to be falling short on the tasks delegated to it by the Constitution. The conference will engage these reform efforts with a particular focus on issues of ethics, accountability and leadership.

Panel 3:  Ideas and Prospects for Congressional Reform

This panel will address the issue of what can be done to improve Congress. Does it actually need reform? What are some key reforms under discussion? Is it possible to move forward with reform in a polarized context?

Moderator: Ann Keller (UC Berkeley)
Tim LaPira (James Madison University)
Menna Demessie (Independent Scholar)
Donald Wolfensberger (Woodrow Wilson Center & Bipartisan Policy Center)
Thomas E. Mann (Brookings Institution and UC Berkeley, IGS)


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