American democracy may be far from perfect, but is there another system that’s better? We want to know how you would makeover the U.S. government, and we’ll enlist experts to tell us if your changes would make the country a grand utopia, or bring about a revolution.


  • Andra Gillespie teaches African American Politics at Emory University. Her research focuses on the politics of the post-Civil Rights generation of leadership, and political participation, in which she uses experimental methods of inquiry.
  • Clive Crook is a Bloomberg View columnist who also writes editorials on economics, finance and politics. He was chief Washington commentator for the Financial Times, a correspondent and editor for the Economist and a senior editor at the Atlantic. He previously served as an official in the British finance ministry and the Government Economic Service.
  • Philip K. Howard is a best-selling author and lawyer. He is the founder of Common Good and actively works to overhaul the US legal system. His new book is "The Rule of Nobody."
  • Hedrick Smith is the executive editor of Reclaim the American Dream and author of "Who Stole the American Dream?" He is also the former Washington bureau chief for The New York Times.

Hear Our Experts Discuss Your Ideas

We asked how you would change the U.S. government, and you told us. By far, your most popular desire was to get rid of the electoral college. But many of you also said you wanted to end gerrymandering, change the healthcare system, institute term limits, eliminate certain regulations and improve the social safety net. We asked our panel of experts about these and many other suggestions. Click the links below to hear the discussion of each topic:


Eliminate terms democrat and republican to aid collaboration

Create a stronger social safety net

Update the health care system

Institute term limits

Roll back the regulatory system

Eliminate or change the electoral college

End gerrymandering

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