Caroline Fredrickson, The Democracy Fix
In The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections, Caroline Fredrickson—who’s had a front-row seat on the political drama in DC for decades while working to shape progressive policies—argues that it’s time for progressives to focus on winning. Conservatives, she argues, have gained power in Washington and states across the country because, while progressives fought to death over the nuances of policy, conservatives focused on simply gaining power. They understood that policy follows power, not the other way around. In this book, Caroline Fredrickson argues that progressives must be ruthless in thinking through how to change the rules of the game to regain power, expand the franchise, end voter suppression, win judicial elections, and fight for transparency and fairness in our political system—and offers strategies and tactics for long-term success.
Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS), a senior fellow at Demos, and the author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over. She has served as the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to the then Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.