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Karen Paget

Karen M. Paget, a frequent foundation consultant, is currently a Soros Open Society Institute fellow. She has consulted on state and local fiscal issues for the Ford Foundation and the Twentieth Century Fund. She is the author of "The Battle for the States," in The New Majority.

Citizen politics aims to spur a democratic resurgence at the grassroots. But as other forms of democratic participation decline, can citizen organizing make a difference? Read more

Features

Women are newly influential in politics, but those who court the gender gap on the cheap will not succeed. Women's interests, issues, and voting preferences are every bit as complex as men's -- and demand equal respect. Read more

Civil Rights in America

As federal funding dwindles, we need new economic arrangements and political coalitions to unite city and suburb. Read more

Housing and Transportation

It is well known that the conservative movement has for years enjoyed a decided financial advantage on the battleground of ideas -- they have far more corporate and foundation support than liberals. But conservatives don't just have more money; they spend it better, too. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Defense experts with impeccable conservative credentials say we could cut the Pentagon budget without endangering our security. So why is no one listening? Read more

Economic Policy

Absolute budget balance has become orthodoxy; a constitutional amendment to enforce it may pass Congress even if Democrats win the elections. But look at the costs. Read more

Economic Policy

Has the right’s campaign to “defund the left” intimidated large foundations? In fact, tax-exempt organizations of all kinds have far more latitude to promote social change than many of them realize. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The case for Cal’s admissions policy, designed to mirror the state’s population. Read more

Civil Rights in America