How the Democratic Party can move forward

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College

By Christian Feuerstein

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College, has an editorial in the Times Union about how Democrats must work to rebuild their party at the state and local levels. 

Hilton, author of the upcoming book “True Blues: The Contentious Transformation of the Democratic Party,” ponders how President-elect Joe Biden could manage the Democratic Party and its clash between its moderate and progressive wings. 

“One of Biden’s most impactful actions could be making sustained investments in rebuilding Democratic organizations, especially at state and local levels. Research has shown that presidents can be among the most pivotal actors in party-building activity,” Hilton wrote. 

“Moreover, by revitalizing the party’s organizational capacities to reach everyday voters, it could move the Democrats away from a structural dependence on non-party sources of support and ameliorate some of the dilemmas of its advocacy party model.”

Read the editorial

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