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How have changes in the structure of the global economy thrown long settled features of distribution into question? Distinctive national institutions and politics filter economic shifts, and this working group seeks to understand how politics, the economy, and civil society intertwine to set the stage for a future settlement that may be different from country to country.

The group is working toward an edited volume, for submission to the Anxieties of Democracy book series with Cambridge University Press. Tentatively titled “The New Politics of Insecurity”, the volume addresses questions of economic precarity, geographic patterns in economic segregation, and the role of the welfare state in a time when the relationship between capitalism and democracy is shifting.

The group is chaired by Professor Frances Rosenbluth and Professor Margaret Weir.

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Working Group Co-chairs

Frances Rosenbluth
Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Margaret Weir
Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Brown University


Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat (Duke University), Ben Ansell (Oxford University), Carles Boix (Princeton University), Andra Gillespie (Emory University), Jane Gingrich (Oxford University), Jacob Hacker (Yale University), Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University), Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University), K. Sabeel Rahman (Demos, Brooklyn Law School), Jonathan Rodden(Stanford University), Kathleen Thelen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Kris-Stella Trump (Social Science Research Council).

The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group:
Stephen Ansolabehere (Harvard University), Andrea Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Donald Davis (Columbia University), Desmond King (Oxford University), Ilyana Kuziemko (Princeton University), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University), Bruno Palier (Paris School of International Affairs), Andreas Wiedemann (Oxford University).