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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.

For news and announcements about this project and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, please click here: @SSRCanxieties.

Photo credit: "Indignants Demonstration" [cropped] by Philippe Leroyer CC BY 2.0