This grant will support the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program. Developed initially with a previous grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the program "seeks to strengthen and integrate social science research and analysis on the obstacles to democracy’s capacity to address big problems and induce both younger and more experienced colleagues to work on the themes of citizenship, governmental capacity, and the substance of policy." The Council seeks to transform how the academy approaches problems of democracy and to better inform the public debate. This grant will enable the Council to execute its ambitious plans and includes a matching component to encourage other funders to support this important work.
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for the Digital Platforms and the Public Interest Project
The Social Science Research Council was founded in 1923 by seven disciplinary associations to support social science in the public interest. This grant will support a one-year project to convene a group of senior, mid-career, and early-career economists to investigate the potential for an investment in economics research on digital platforms. The project will (a) survey the existing economics literature on digital platforms, (b) identify open research questions that could lead to important new evidence about digital platforms, (c) consider the potential implications of the proposed research agenda for new policy and regulatory frameworks, and (d) consider the potential implications of the proposed research agenda for new intellectual frameworks in the discipline of economics.
for planning of a long-term program on Anxieties of Democracy
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is a unique organization focused on supporting and shaping the field of social science research. SSRC supports new generations of social scientists, fosters innovative research, and helps to mobilize knowledge on important public issues. The SSRC works with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences and related fields to build international, interdisciplinary networks, link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information. SSRC awards fellowships and grants, convenes workshops and conferences, conducts research and facilitates research, and produces print and online publications. This grant will support planning for a new focus area, "Anxieties of Democracy", which will explore whether and how democratic institutions can effectively address large-scale challenges around 1) capitalism and the economy, 2) alleviating class hierarchies, 3) addressing global instability, 4) balancing national security and civil liberty.