John Halpin

John Halpin is a senior fellow and co-director of the Progressive Studies Program at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Recent Articles

Progressivism Goes Mainstream

New research on ideology refutes the conservative myth that America is a "center right" nation.

Election night in Chicago's Grant Park. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Politics of Definition, Part IV


Editor's Note: And finally, the fourth and last installment, in which the authors describe the politics of definition and explain in detail how they believe Democrats and progressives must secure the common good.

-- Michael Tomasky

The Politics of Definition, Part III


Editor's Note: In Part I, the authors discussed the general nature of the dilemma facing progressives and Democrats today, with special attention to the “identity gap,” and then went on to analyze demographic and voting data showing progressive strengths. In Part II, they analyzed the data showing progressive weaknesses.

The Politics of Definition, Part II

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of this important paper, which describes the precise nature of the dilemma faced by progressives and Democrats today and offers new solutions for the way forward.

The Politics of Definition

Editor's Note: Earlier this year, John Halpin of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Ruy Teixeira of CAP and the Century Foundation (and co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority) undertook research on the state of the Democratic Party and progressive politics in America. Their chief concern: To get to the bottom of the question of why so many Americans don't have a firm sense of what progressives and the Democratic Party stand for today.