The Politics for the People Book Club (P4P)

Was established in 2012 as an innovative online book club by Cathy Stewart and Independent Voting. Since then it has grown to 354 members nationwide.  The book club explores history and politics from an independent nonpartisan point of view; reading fiction, history, poetry, and current affairs. Club members read each selection together over 6-8 weeks and have the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation in the Readers’ Forum on the P4P blog.  In addition, the blog provides members with reviews, author interviews, and videos to enrich the reading experience. Each book club selection culminates in a lively conference call with the author where members get to speak directly with them and create a thought provoking conversation. Politics for the People enjoy a reputation among authors for conversations about their books that have depth and scope.

Cathy Stewart, who has joined  The People as National Field Director commented, “I am excited to be bringing Politics for the People to The People as part of the ongoing collaboration between Independent Voting and The People. I hope people will join me in reading our new selection and sharing their thoughts



The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan gridlock and Save Our Democracy

By: Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter

Join our zoom conversation with Katherine Gehl Sunday, October 4th at 7 pm EDT


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Utilizing a business analysis lens and Michael Porter’s Five Forces Framework, the authors examine our current political system. In the introduction, the authors lay out the questions the book hopes to answer:


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?

Why doesn’t Washington, D.C., get anything done?

Why does an independent candidate rarely stand a chance of getting elected?

What outcomes should we expect from an optimally functioning political system?

And, most importantly, what can we do to start achieving those great outcomes?


Join the Politics for the People network today at . Grab your copy of Politics Industry and as you are reading, check out what members are writing on the blog.

*If the cost of a book is prohibitive please email to request a sponsored book.

The spring selection is UNRIGGED: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy by David Daley. The book is a vibrant topography of the growing movement for political reform.  David takes us to the key battlefronts that emerged in 2018 from Maine to Florida; from Michigan to Utah.  Daley devotes a chapter of the book to The People’s Executive Director, Katie Fahey and the extraordinary story of her work to create Voters Not Politicians from a Facebook post to a volunteer army of over 14,000 Michangers to successfully put a ballot initiative before the voters to end partisan gerrymandering and create a citizens redistricting commission, winning with 61% of the vote.

Dave Daley will be joining Politics for the People on Sunday, May 31st at 7 pm EST for a rich conversation about the book and the ongoing movement for reforms to put more power in the hands of ordinary Americans.  You can join the book club by visiting the blog and signing up to get regular updates.


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