Working Group on Institutions

Working Group on Institutions Conference

On October 28-29, 2016, the Anxieties of Democracy program’s Working Group on Institutions convened its first conference at Princeton University. The conference was generously sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs’ Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Princeton University’s Department of Politics. The conference brought our Working Group on Institutions’ members into conversation with a diverse array of young scholars and experts, who presented new research and together tested the Working Group’s principal axes of investigation regarding the capacity and performance of democratic institutions. The conference was organized by the Working Group’s co-chairs: Frances Lee, Professor of Government and Politics …

Political Institutions and Challenges to Democracy: America in Comparative Perspective

The “Political Institutions and Challenges to Democracy: America in Comparative Perspective” conference, co-organized by the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program and Stanford University’s Global Populisms project, brought together scholars of comparative and American politics to present research on the role of parties, the legislature, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, and other institutions in moments that challenge democracy. The conference was held in New York City January 31-February 1, 2019. Questions addressed at the conference included: • What role, if any, do democratic institutions play in enabling or exacerbating the growth of antisystem sentiment and/or populist appeals? How do the responses of mainstream parties and politicians affect