Anxieties of Democracy: The Democracy Papers | The Social Science Research Council

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Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively?
Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively? The SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program is motivated by a concern about whether the core institutions of established democracies that connect citizens and civil society to the political system—elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—can capably address large problems in the public interest. The Democracy Papers are thought pieces produced for several gatherings addressing this quandary.
NEW! The Anxieties of Democracy program is linking arms with our friends at Items to copublish two new essays in The Democracy Papers. Our 2016 Democracy Fellow, Charles Taylor, asks ‘Is Democracy Slipping Away?’ Next, Nancy Rosenblum, who serves on our Advisory Committee and cochairs our Working Group on Climate Change, responds with ‘The Nearer Your Destination, the More You’re Slip-Sliding Away: A Comment on Charles Taylor.’ Both essays stem from talks commissioned for one of our 2016 ‘Democracy in the City’ events, held at Roosevelt House on October 17. View the live event’s recording here.

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