The Independent Voter

The Independent Voter looks at who independent voters are, and how they are transforming the political landscape in the United States. The book draws on historical and contemporary data (including survey data, participant observation, interviews, and current writings and scholarship), and provides timely new analysis.

Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy

The machinery of American democracy is failing, Yang argues, and we need bold new ideas to rewire it for twenty-first-century problems. Inspired by his experience running for office and as an entrepreneur, and by ideas drawn from leading thinkers, Yang offers a series of solutions, including data rights, ranked-choice voting, and fact-based governance empowered by modern technology, writing that “there is no cavalry”—it’s up to us.

2034: A Novel of the Next World War

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034—and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States

Originally published in 2008, Omar H. Ali’s groundbreaking study reveals the multiple independent political strategies and tactics that African Americans have used to expand democracy and to fight for civil and political rights since the founding of the nation. This new edition of Ali’s book includes an epilogue by independent political analyst and Independent Voting President Jacqueline Salit.

The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock

Utilizing a business analysis lens and Michael Porter’s Five Forces Framework, the authors examine our current political system and attempt to answer the following questions: Why is the United States innovative in so many areas, but not in politics? Why is it normal to have limited — and often disappointing — choices at the ballot box? What outcomes should we expect from an optimally functioning political system? And, most importantly, what can we do to start achieving those great outcomes?

The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border

The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border is a haunting memoir about the people on the border, in the desert and in shadows who make it hard for us all to see one another. It’s about much of what is missing in the partisan conversation about immigration and “the wall.” Can we break down the partisan walls enough to let the actual people on both sides of the border inform our conversations?