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William A. Galston writes the weekly Politics & Ideas column for the Wall Street Journal. He holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he is a Senior Fellow. Prior to joining Brookings in January 2006, he was Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean of the School of Public Policy at the 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 for Civic Renewal. Participating in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as President Clinton’s Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy.
Mr. Galston is the author of 10 books and over 100 articles in the areas of political theory, public policy and American politics. His most recent books are The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge, 2004), Public Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale, 2018). Winner of the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.