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The Democracy Papers highlight and summarize new research presented at conferences and workshops related to the Anxieties of Democracy program. The brief essays cover topics including the consequences of party polarization, the dynamics of political participation, encouraging bipartisan compromise, addressing climate change, and representing future generations in current democratic institutions. The Democracy Papers are hosted on Items, the SSRC’s digital essay forum.

If you enjoy the Democracy Papers, you may also like our collection of reflection essays on the anxieties of democracy, the Inaugural Democracy Papers. These pieces were collected for the launch of the Anxieties of Democracy program in 2014-15.