What are the obstacles to effective citizenship? How do these condition the representation of citizen preferences and the legitimacy of the political system? Co-chaired by Professors Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University) and Claudine Gay (Harvard University), this working group focuses on the capacity of citizens in democratic polities to equally and impartially access and influence political life. It also explores how these obstacles are likely to evolve over time and what might be done to strengthen the connection of citizens and civil society to the state. The ambition is to stimulate new scholarship and to introduce social science research into public conversations about citizen participation.
The organizing mandate for this working group was designed broadly in order to provide ample opportunities for working group members to shape the group’s direction. We have invited colleagues with the proclivity to contribute effectively to this wide-ranging enterprise; the disciplines of law, government, political science, history, economics, and sociology are represented, as are practitioners in politics and the media.
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May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science, Vanderbilt University
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies and Dean of Social Science, Harvard University
William Rainey Harper Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Katherine J. Cramer
Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vice President, Aspen Institute
Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard University
Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Marc J. Hetherington
Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard University
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Affiliated Faculty, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Contributing Editor, Dissent Magazine