• 101.Working Group on Participation

    What are the obstacles to effective citizenship? How do these condition the representation of citizen preferences and the legitimacy of the political system? Co-chaired by Professors Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University) and Claudine Gay (Harvard University), this working group focuses on the capacity of citizens in democratic polities to equally and impartially access and influence political life. It also explores how these obstacles are likely to evolve over time and what might be done to strengthen the…

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  • 102.Working Group on Politics of Distribution

    This working group on the politics of distribution will address issues of inequality within the purview of fiscal policy. For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, please click here: @SSRCdemocracy.   Co-Chairs Stephen Ansolabehere Professor of Government, Harvard University Margaret Weir Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Brown University   Image credit: “Not Equal” by holeymoon [CC BY 2.0].

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  • 103.Working Group on Security

    Established democracies face recurring problems of 'Security and Democratic Exceptions' that raise hard questions about whether it is possible to proceed within the ambit of democratic norms and institutions. This new working group will probe not only the capacities but the repertoire of institutions and ideas which established democracies utilize to deal with actual and perceived 'predators,' external and internal. In examining these strains, the group will take up a range of issues that include populati…

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  • 104.Youth Disconnection

    Research on youth disconnection in America.

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