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William A. Galston

William A. Galston, a regular guest on The Bulwark’s “Beg to Differ” podcast, holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow.

Prior to January 2006 he was the Saul Stern Professor and acting dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, co-chaired by former Secretary of Education William Bennett and former Senator Sam Nunn.

A participant in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton for domestic policy.

Galston writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent book is Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale, 2018). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, Galston was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Twitter: @billgalston.

Articles by William A. Galston

June 19, 2023 5:30 am

For Biden, It’s Time for Some ‘Inflation Showmanship’

Even if he can’t solve the problem of rising prices, he can let himself get caught trying.
William A. Galston
June 5, 2023 5:31 am

The Key Strength Biden Brought to the Debt Ceiling Talks

Critics of his belief in bipartisan dialogue might have another think coming.
William A. Galston
March 1, 2023 5:30 am

The Joy of Being a Grandparent

[During a recurring segment of The Bulwark’s “Beg to Differ” podcast, the guests describe a “highlight or lowlight” of…

William A. Galston
May 3, 2022 5:30 am

The Two Parties: Rotten Oaks?

Is there room for a third-party challenge in 2024?
William A. Galston