Jay Cost

Jay Cost is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith & Freedom, where he focuses on elections, politics, and public opinion. He is also a columnist for National Review and the Pittsburgh Post – Gazette. Dr. Cost was an election analyst for RealClearPolitics and a lecturer at Robert Morris University. He has also taught a graduate seminar at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Cost’s interests are broadly focused on civic republicanism in the United States, with e mphases on the political theory of James Madison, the problem of political corruption, the role of political parties, the development of civic institutions over time, and the power and responsibility of Congress. He writes and speaks frequently on American elections, with a special attention on placing contemporary trends in historical context.

His books include “The Price of Greatness: James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the Creation of American Oligarchy”(Basic Books, June 2018); “A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of Political Corruption”(Encounter Books, 2015); and “Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic”(Broadside Books, 2012).

His articles in the popular press have been published in National Affairs, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard, among others. He is also the co – host of the Ricochet podcast: “Constitutionally Speaking.”

Dr. Cost has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in government and history from the University of Virginia.

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