Is our system of government worth defending? Why?
Is the U.S. Government
a Democracy or a Republic?
How does it work?
Can we trust it?
Is the presidency too strong?
What are the pros and cons of federalism?
Our Learning Materials
We strive to ensure each of our courses is of the highest quality. Each course has been reviewed by at least one if not several experts in civic education, U.S. history, constitutional law, political science, or other applicable fields.
M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Emeritus;
State Coordinator for California We the People and Project Citizen
Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor,
John Hopkins University
Associate Director, Democracy and Governance Program
David Bernstein Professor of Political Science,
Johns Hopkins University
President of the Center for the Study of Federalism,
Director of the Meyner Center of State and Local Government,
Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service,
Mark J. Molli
Associate Director (Retired)
Center for Civic Education
Professor of Comparative Politics, Emeritus
University of Southampton
Mark J. Rozell
Dean and Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy,
Schar School of Policy and Government,
George Mason University
Professor of Political Science
Sciences Po Grenoble
We are drawn from conservative, progressive and independent thinkers. Our ages range from low 20s through the 80s. Most of our board members have deep experience in teaching or promoting democracy around the world, and some have been actively involved in politics at the local, state, and national levels.
Ballotpedia is “The Encyclopedia of American Politics.” They cover political candidates and incumbents, ballot measures, election results, and redistricting—at the federal, state, local, and territorial levels. They also provide the basics of how the American governmental system works, broad policy issues, and related concepts, terms, and their definitions. This is where we work together. See the Ballotpedia option on the Learning Center menu above.
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CFFAD is non-partisan. We do not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
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Blog & Short Articles
When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems. One problem was how to harness political competition for the public good without the polarizing consequences they observed in England and Europe. The other problem was how to balance the need for an empowered executive to get things done against the risk of a tyrannical executive.