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 topics this working group explores include:

  • Macro transformations: Are we in a period in which basic assumptions about the relationship between capitalism and democracy have shifted?
  • The New Precariat: Economic shifts and new insecurities have had far-reaching repercussions for workers, as well as those in previously privileged positions.
  • Experiencing Insecurity: How do newly and traditionally insecure citizens understand their opportunities and prospects?
  • Creating the Future: How have shifts in the global economy impacted domestic coalition building? What are the appropriate public responses to new insecurities?

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), Andrea Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Donald Davis (Columbia University), Andra Gillespie (Emory University), Jane Gingrich (Oxford University), Jacob Hacker (Yale University), Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University), K. Sabeel Rahman (Brooklyn Law School), Kathleen Thelen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Jonathan Rodden (Stanford University), Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University).

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

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