Scholars comment on the Tobin Project model

The Tobin Project model seeks to engage a network of top scholars and policymakers around questions that have the greatest potential to improve society and to disseminate compelling ideas that can reshape academic research, public policy discussions, and overall public discourse. A number of scholars have commented on this unique model and its important contributions to academia: 

Tino and other scholar authors of the Preventing Capture volume meet to review their chapters.

“Tobin connects leading academics with the realities of the public policy. Unlike think-tanks focused on synthesizing existing knowledge, the Tobin Project brings people together in order to address policy problems through rigorous research and to shape the agenda for future scholarship. [At a recent meeting] the conversation was both analytically rigorous yet intensely focused on existing challenges. There was a sense of shared purpose, reflecting the Tobin Project’s defining characteristic of passion for making the world a better place alongside intellectual honesty and rigor.”

 Mariano-Florentino Cuèllar, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court; former Professor of Law and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, Stanford Law School; former Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy (2009-2010)                                                                                                                                                       

Heather Gerken leads a working group meeting in 2007.

“Tobin is entrepreneurial, open, driven by data rather than ideology, and committed to bringing as many perspectives to the table as possible.” 

 Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School 

Annelise Riles speaks with scholars and policymakers at the 2009 Government & Markets conference.

“Given that life as an academic unfortunately does not always involve talking about truly novel ideas with truly brilliant people, it was reinvigorating to realize that there could be a community out there, one organized not around disciplines and disciplinary debates per se but around a real curiosity about how we might reimagine the current political and economic moment, and a recognition that others were pushing as hard, in their own respective fields or projects, as I was pushing in my own. It was thrilling.”

 Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke ‘52 Professor of Far East Legal Studies, Cornell Law School 

Arthur Segel, David Moss, and Michael Sandel at an Institutions of Democracy meeting.

“At a time of partisan gridlock, the Tobin Project is an oasis of big thinking aimed at the common good.” 

 Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University

Susan Webb Yackee, Deputy Secretary David Hayes, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at a roundtable discussion on Preventing Capture.

“The [Tobin Project] meeting with Senator Whitehouse and his staff was incredibly helpful to my research and thinking; the back-and-forth exchange that I had with the Senator led directly to a current article I am writing. As a scholar of regulatory policymaking, it can be frustrating, at times, to feel disconnected from the political process. These types of meetings – between high-level practitioners and scholars – allow for academic knowledge and insights to be transmitted into the policymaking process, and vice versa.”

 Susan Webb Yackee, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison