Updates: Democracy

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 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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May 2018 HAD Meeting

On May 7th, the Tobin Project convened sixteen historians, economists, and legal scholars for the inaugural meeting of a working group on the history of American democracy. The goal of this project, organized by Tobin’s Institutions of Democracy research initiative, is to develop a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the strength and vibrancy of American democracy and how they have functioned and evolved over time.

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The 2017 Update covers developments throughout our research areas in the past year, featuring the History of American Democracy conference, research on Reassessing Threat Assessment, a Prize on Inequality and Decision Making, and recent events as part of our Government and Markets initiative. Download it here or read it below.

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The Tobin Project is now accepting applications for our 2018 Graduate Student Fellowship and Workshops from doctoral and professional students conducting research on real-world problems related to our National Security and Institutions of Democracy initiatives.

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The Tobin Project seeks exceptional individuals to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team. We are currently accepting applications to the following positions: Research Analyst, Economic Inequality Research Analyst, and Case Writer. Research Analysts work with leading social scientists and Tobin Project staff on a range of projects related to our four core initiatives to generate rigorous social science research aimed at solving important problems facing society.

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On November 15th and 16th, the Tobin Project held events in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to share and discuss key takeaways from our edited volume Corporations and American Democracy, recently published with Harvard University Press.

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On June 1st and 2nd, the Tobin Project hosted a Conference on the History of American Democracy, convening eminent historians, political scientists, and law scholars to discuss the institutions, mechanisms, and social norms that have contributed to the foundation and evolution of American politics and democracy. By drawing from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and expertise, the Tobin Project seeks to broaden scholarly understanding of how democracy has worked over time and how it might flourish in the future.

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The 2016 Tobin Project Update is now available. It overviews developments across our research areas from the last year, featuring progress in our Inequality and Decision Making initiative, research from the forthcoming volume Corporations and American Democracy, and new projects in our National Security and Institutions of Democracy initiatives. Download it here or read it below.

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