The SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program is motivated by a concern about whether the core institutions of representative democracies can capably address large problems in the public interest. The program promotes research and dialogue on a range of topics related to democratic functioning, for example asking how democracies can effectively respond to climate change, address the political consequences of a changing economy, and govern in times of political polarization.

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The Anxieties of Democracy program team is also a part of the Media & Democracy program, a cross-SSRC collaboration with the Digital Culture program.

The work of the SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program is possible due to generous funding from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 

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