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The Democracy Papers

How can democracies capably address large problems in the public interest?

How can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively? The SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program is motivated by a concern about whether the core institutions of established democracies that connect citizens and civil society to the political system — elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—can capably address large problems in the public interest.

The Democracy Papers are essays by leading experts convened to consider this concern.

Photo credit: "Indignants Demonstration" [cropped] by Philippe Leroyer CC BY 2.0
Program Director
Anoush F. Terjanian