New Politics Institute

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The New Politics Institute, a think tank of the New Democrat Network (NDN), was launched May 10, 2005. The NPI was provided with a major start-up grant by Andy and Deborah Rappaport.[1]


NPI "has been established by people from across the country and across the political spectrum to help progressives succeed on the dynamic new battlefield of 21st century politics."

"Working like a conventional policy-oriented think tank, NPI will assemble some of the finest minds in progressive politics, the non-profit world and the private sector to study, master, incubate and promote new strategies, technologies and techniques for the rapidly changing politics of this new century." [1]


Core Team



Start-Up Funding

"The NPI will have a budget of $1.5 million to $2 million, and funding will come primarily" from "Bay Area philanthropists Andy and Deborah Rappaport [who] have provided NPI a substantial start-up grant." Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is "a major partner in the start-up phase" of NPI. [21][22]


"NPI's first several projects will include a new report on the Hispanic electorate by NPI Fellow Sergio Bendixen, a new major report on building a new majority coalition by prominent pollster and strategist Mark Penn and a report on the future of progressive media by NPI Fellow Jamie Daves. NPI will also be showcasing the internet television technology of a new start-up, Participatory Culture." [23]

Simon Rosenberg: Inspiration

"The New Politics Institute (NPI) will leave it to others to develop a future policy agenda for the party. Simon Rosenberg, founder of the New Democrat Network and the inspiration behind the new institute, said the new group will study what the rise of the conservative movement, anticipated demographic changes in the country and the 'post-broadcasting' world of new media mean for Democrats' hopes of winning elections.

"'Until we can really get our act together and win elections, all the policy white papers aren't going to do us a lot of good,' said Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, whose Daily Kos is one of the most popular political blogs on the Internet and who is an adviser to the institute.

"Other advisers include a cross section of centrists and liberals, among them Joe Trippi, who was for a time Howard Dean's presidential campaign manager; Gina Glantz of the Service Employees International Union; pollster Mark Penn; organizer Cecile Richards, president of America Votes; and pollster Sergio Bendixen, an expert on Hispanic trends." --Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, May 14, 2005.


New Politics Institute Publications, Readings and Commentary.

Founding Team

Contact details

New Politics Institute
777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 544-9200
Fax: (202) 547-2929

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