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2019 Conference on Inequality and Decision Making

On April 26th and 27th, the Tobin Project hosted a Conference on Inequality and Decision Making, convening forty-seven scholars of psychology, sociology, economics, and other fields to investigate the impacts of high and/or rising economic inequality on individuals’ behavior. By studying how inequality affects individuals’ behavior and decision making, we hope to gain insight into some of the mechanisms through which inequality may have large-scale economic, social, and political outcomes.

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On February 8th and 9th, the Tobin Project’s Institutions of Democracy initiative held a meeting as part of our ongoing work on When Democracy Breaks. This project seeks to explore past moments of democratic crisis and identify the factors that led to the erosion of important institutions, norms, and values in each case. By investigating eleven historical and contemporary episodes of democratic decline, we hope to gain a better understanding of why democracies falter and, in turn, how we can sustain a robust democracy over time.

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The 2018 Update includes developments throughout our research areas, featuring articles on When Democracy Breaks, the Prize for Exemplary Work on Inequality and Decision Making, and Reassessing Threat Assessment. Download it here or read it below.

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The Tobin Project seeks exceptional individuals to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team. We are currently accepting applications for our Research Analyst and Case Writer positions.

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The Tobin Project and the Social Science Research Council’s Scholarly Borderlands Initiative are soliciting graduate student proposals for research projects that address how cultural factors may contribute to regulatory capture in the United States.

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that the 2018 Prize for Exemplary Work on Inequality and Decision Making has been awarded to Orestes Patterson Hastings (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University) and Daniel Schneider (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley).

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September 2018 When Democracy Breaks Meeting

On September 6th, the Tobin Project convened ten political scientists, historians, and international relations scholars for the inaugural meeting of our research inquiry on When Democracy Breaks. This project seeks to explore past incidents of democratic collapse and identify the factors that led to decline. By investigating moments of democratic crisis, we hope to gain a better understanding of why democracies fail and how to sustain a robust democracy over time.

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2018 Early Nuclear Era meeting

On August 28th and 29th, the Tobin Project’s National Security initiative held a meeting as part of our continuing work on Reassessing Threat Assessment from the early nuclear era. This research project seeks to build understanding of the practices and processes that yield accurate and reliable assessments of national security risks facing the United States.

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2018 Antimonopoly meeting

On July 18th, the Tobin Project convened eleven historians, economists, and legal scholars for a meeting at the University of Michigan Law School on the role of the antimonopoly tradition in American democracy. Amid growing concern over the emergence of new monopolies and their implications for democracy, attendees considered potential avenues for research that could deepen public understanding of how antimonopoly law has shaped democratic outcomes throughout American history.

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2018 HAD GSW

On May 31st and June 1st, the Tobin Project held a Graduate Student Workshop on the History of American Democracy. Nine graduate students from a range of disciplines and institutions joined Tobin staff and alumni of previous workshops to share their research projects. Participants provided input on each other’s work and considered the potential impact of their topics, which included:

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