Patrick Basham is founding director of the Democracy Institute and was an adjunct scholar with Cato’s Center for Representative Government. Basham also served as the founding director of the Social Affairs Center at the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading free market think tank. He has edited and written on a variety of policy issues including campaign finance, term limits, and election law. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Baltimore Sun, Canada’s National Post and the Globe and Mail. Basham has also appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, PBS, NPR, BBC, and Radio Free Europe. Basham studied political science at the University of Houston and Cambridge University.

More from Patrick Basham


Turning Fat into a Four-Letter Word

Spiked (Online). August 5, 2013.

Terror Campaign Directed at Smoking Applies a Faulty Logic

Irish Times. July 20, 2013.

Smoking Stupidity

New York Post. April 25, 2013.

Blog Posts

Cato Studies

Uncompetitive Elections and the American Political System

Policy Analysis No. 547. June 30, 2005.

Can Iraq Be Democratic?

Policy Analysis No. 505. January 5, 2004.

Defining Democracy Down: Explaining the Campaign to Repeal Term Limits

Policy Analysis No. 490. September 30, 2003.


Is the Obesity Epidemic Exaggerated? Yes

British Medical Journal. February 1, 2008.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy by John Dunn

Cato Journal. <em>Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy</em> by John Dunn.

What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

Cato Journal. <em>What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America</em> by Thomas Frank.

The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

Cato Journal. <em>The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America</em> by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.


Incumbents, Uncompetitive Elections and American Democracy

June 30, 2005. Capitol Hill Briefing.