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Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman

Assistant professor of American Politics at American University; founder and former director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Congress doesn't need more time at 'government HQ'

today signs point to a dangerous tendency to reconfigure our form of representative democracy into a parliamentary straitjacket with Democrats and Republicans expected to tow the line or risk repudiation for undermining party unity.

By Elizabeth Sherman | August 16, 2010; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

He who cast the first stone

The Wall Street financial crisis has brought the economy to its knees and now the corporate sector has the audacity to blame government for the catastrophe?

By Elizabeth Sherman | July 5, 2010; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Overexposed, under-communicating

Obama has not effectively used his presidency to inform and convince the American people about his policy goals.

By Elizabeth Sherman | January 19, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

Keep it on the front pages

President Obama needs to encourage -- demand accountability from -- the public and private agencies delivering relief in Haiti.

By Elizabeth Sherman | January 16, 2010; 05:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Palin Will Prevail as a Leader

Palin brings vitality and passion to the anti-Obama political forces and serves as a committed spokeswoman, energetic fundraiser and ideal representative of the conservative social perspective.

By Elizabeth Sherman | July 7, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (6)

Their Stories Are Our Stories

Sonia Sotomayor's story reflects not only her biography, but American history. Like Obama, she inspires us to reflect on her achievements, knowing that her pathways to success were forged by the devotion of millions during the civil and women's rights movements of the 1960's.

By Elizabeth Sherman | June 10, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Hands Off" Has Failed

General Motors board members, including Uncle Sam, must demand major changes and accountability for greatly improved performance from companies that made so many bad decisions.

By Elizabeth Sherman | June 1, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (7)

A Conservative Rut

The President must choose someone with the leadership ability, intellectual heft, and personal confidence to pull the court out of its conservative rut

By Elizabeth Sherman | May 19, 2009; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama's Challenge

We'll soon find out how quickly the Obama administration can "reboot" the public sector to be effective, reliable and capable of meeting the challenges that only a professionalized executive branch can effectively meet.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 28, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Teaching "Altruistic Suicide"

The willingness to perform what Emile Durkheim called "altruistic suicide" -- giving your life for the group -- requires that individuals be immersed in a separate culture. The service academies may provide an essential venue for training leaders willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 20, 2009; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (10)

A Female Hero

Captain Phillips demonstrated one kind of heroic leadership: offering to pay the ultimate price to protect others. But women like the colonial women's-rights pioneer, Anne Hutchinson, shows a different kind of courage: sacrificing yourself for a just cause.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 14, 2009; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Leader Among Leaders

Facing staggering deficits and loss of wealth and jobs, America can no longer afford the luxury of toughness. Obama knows that America must telegraph a new message of respect, collaboration and mutuality.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 7, 2009; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

An Open Secret

College sports is big business. Would it be appropriate for the coaches to decline these million-plus salaries? Probably not, but the press needs to offer the public more details on an open secret.

By Elizabeth Sherman | March 17, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Women in Fantasy Land

The testosterone-driven fantasy-land of Wall Street thrived on its hyper-competitive, win-at-any-cost culture. The chances of women ruling that particular roost were slim to none, and we are living with the results.

By Elizabeth Sherman | March 9, 2009; 03:22 AM ET | Comments (2)

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