Citizen Leadership

Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership


About the Book

Americans love to trash their politicians as corrupt and self-interested, but they don’t agree on a solution. How can America attract good leaders to the thousands of elective offices in the land? In Polticians: The worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for All the Others, Bruce Chapman lays out a bold plan for the changes we need to make in our public life if we are serious about enable worthy leaders to emerge to and to succeed. Drawing on history as well as his own extensive experience in politics and public policy, Chapman challenges the conventional wisdom about politicians, arguing that their chief rivals — the media, bureaucrats, college professors, and even political “reform” groups — are often sources of further political demoralization rather than renewal. Republicans and Democrats alike, conservatives and liberals, have a stake in responding to the stirring and provocative challenge raised by this book. Read More ›

Knute Berger at Crosscut Recalls Miller and Chapman

Former Washington Congressman John Miller died this week. He was a Republican who served a decade of terms in his Seattle-area district. First elected in 1984, he was later appointed as a U.S. ambassador by George W. Bush to focus on the scourge of human trafficking. Little remembered is that Miller was part of a cohort of ambitious young politicians who replaced a stodgy, aging Seattle City Council Read More ›

The Man Who Could Be King

A Gorton Series Lecture with John R. Miller (former U.S. Congressman) and his new book, “The Man Who Could Be King,” a historical novel about George Washington’s struggle over whether to heed the call of his officers to become king. Discovery Institute/Gorton Lecture Series with John R. Miller Archived August 28, 5:00 pm Event Page at TVW

Michael Medved & Dr. Diane Medved at Town Hall

This event is sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. Husband-and-wife duo Michael Medved and Dr. Diane Medved will share a stage as they both discuss their recently published books. Hear from bestselling author and radio show host Michael Medved as he discusses his latest book, The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic. Michael Read More ›

Register of Copyrights should be subject to same nomination and consent process as other senior government officials

Legislation that would elevate the position of Register of Copyrights has been introduced in the House of Representatives with the support of the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House judiciary committees along with 29 other cosponsors. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act would require that the Register must be appointed by the President and confirmed Read More ›

Watch: 3rd Annual Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership ft. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

At the 3rd Annual Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership Benefit Luncheon, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers reflects on her 20+ years of public service and political leadership, and shares the important lessons she’s learned along the way, as well as her vision and optimism for the future of our country. Read More ›

Why Religious and Economic Freedom Stand and Fall Together

Donald Trump has been courting evangelicals and other social conservatives of late, from his high-profile meeting with evangelical leaders in New York City to his selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for his running mate. The question on many minds is whether Trump is in the middle of a slow-moving come-to-conservatism moment, or just shrewdly courting a key Republican constituency Read More ›

Brexit and the Future of U.S.–U.K. Military Cooperation

If the British vote down the Brexit referendum later next week and choose to remain in the European Union, the results will be unfortunate for the United States in many ways. Britain’s continuing membership in the EU threatens not only America’s economic interests, but also its strategic and military interests. If the architects of the European Union realize their ambitions, Read More ›