mage Credit: “Indignants Demonstration” by Phillipe Leroyer, licensed under CC BY 2.0


The Inaugural Democracy Papers were produced as part of the planning process for the Anxieties of Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council. The authors are leading scholars of democracy, both in the United States and abroad. Several of the authors are now members of Anxieties of Democracy working groups and advisory committee.

If you enjoy these essays, you may also like the more recent Democracy Papers series published on Items, the SSRC’s  Digital Essay Forum. The Democracy Papers series features essays that summarize and highlight research presented at workshops and conferences affiliated with the Anxieties of Democracy program.