Norman Ornstein


dr. Norman Ornstein

Political scientist, author

Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies politics, elections, and the US Congress. He is a co-host of AEI’s Election Watch series, a contributing editor and columnist for the National Journal and The Atlantic, a BBC News election analyst, and the chairman of the Campaign Legal Center.

Dr. Ornstein previously served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. A longtime observer and analyst of American politics and the US Congress, he has been involved in political reform for decades, particularly campaign finance reform and the reform of Senate committees. He has also played a part in creating the Congressional Office of Compliance and the House Office of Congressional Ethics.

His many interviews have been aired on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS NewsHour, among others. His articles and opinion pieces have been published widely, including in Politico, The New York Times, NY Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Dr. Ornstein’s books include the bestsellers One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, with E. J. Dionne and Thomas E. Mann (St. Martin’s Press, 2017); and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006); and The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000).

The Common Good hosted him and co-author Thomas Mann to discuss their book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism on May 24th, 2012.

Twitter: @NormOrnstein