Updates: Democracy

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

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2019 Antimonopoly meeting

The Tobin Project gathered twelve scholars on October 11th and 12th for a meeting on the development and evolution of the antimonopoly movement in the United States and the role it has played in American democracy. Participants discussed the political and economic factors that have motivated antimonopoly efforts in the past and sought to evaluate whether and how these efforts achieved their goals, as well as whether these efforts produced unforeseen consequences that presented new challenges.

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2019 History of American Democracy Graduate Student Workshop

On September 26th and 27th, the Tobin Project convened nine graduate students for a workshop on the History of American Democracy. Participants joined Tobin staff and alumni of previous workshops to share their research projects, give feedback on each other’s work, and consider the potential impact of their topics, which included:

- The effect of administrative burden on political participation

- Economic voter intimidation and workplace democracy in the late-nineteenth century

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2019 History of American Democracy meeting

On July 15th and 16th, the Tobin Project held a meeting of our working group on the History of American Democracy. Organized by Tobin’s Institutions of Democracy initiative, this effort seeks to develop research on the factors that contribute to the strength and vibrancy of American democracy and how democratic institutions have functioned and evolved over time.

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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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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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