Social Science Research Council

For Support Of The Negotiating Agreement In Congress Project

Overview
Processes of negotiating agreement in Congress are under great stress, yet we know very little about the mechanics, challenges, and remedies for this problem. Building on the Anxieties of Democracy program’s current work and the Social Science Research Council’s reputation as a leader in research granting competitions of the highest caliber, the goal of this grant is to induce scholars with diverse sets of expertise to probe this vital issue. The Negotiating Agreement in Congress project seeks to affect the character and emphases of research and writing about Congress within the academy while developing understanding and approaches with the potential to influence and improve legislative behavior.
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for support of the Social Media and Democracy Research Initiative  
The Hewlett Foundation recently launched a fund to research how digital disinformation is affecting political polarization and undermining U.S. democracy, and what can be done about it. One challenge has been securing data access from online platforms. In April, an agreement was reached with Facebook to make data available to scholars, in privacy-protected ways, to better understand how Facebook is impacting elections, and democracy, globally. The agreement brings together seven funders from across the political spectrum. The Social Science Research Council will play a key role. The council is one of the most respected institutions working globally to foster research on important public issues and will be engaged at every stage of this work: announcing requests for proposals, selecting and awarding funds to scholars, and translating learnings to the public.

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