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William A. Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, delivered the 2014 Centennial Lecture, “Can Government Fix What’s Wrong with the Economy?”

A former domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton and presidential candidates Al Gore and Walter Mondale, Galston was named a Brookings Institution senior fellow in 2006. Prior to that, he served as Saul Stern Professor and acting dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Galston was founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University and still serves on its advisory board.

Galston received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Galston writes a weekly column for the “Politics and Ideas” section of the Wall Street Journal.

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