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The Long Recovery from the Great Recession: Public Policy and the Working Class


What did more than a decade of economic expansion following the Great Recession do for the working class? And how can policymakers improve American workers’ future following the COVID-19 pandemic? AEI’s Michael R. Strain and contributing authors discussed the 2021 issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science titled “What […]

Fellows Induction Event: Civic Responsibility and the Repair of American Democracy


The newest class of American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) Fellows will be inducted into the Academy at a unique time in our nation’s history. Leaders are contending with a once-in-a-century pandemic, a reckoning around the nation’s legacy of racism, and unprecedented levels of inequity and polarization at home and abroad. Will these crises ultimately make the country stronger, or is our union at a breaking point?

Join us as some of the brightest thinkers in social and political science explore the following topics:

How can we surmount extraordinary polarization and replace it with a new kind of American civitas?

What kinds of institutional and public actions are most needed to promote a productive and engaged citizenry?

What do history, social science and comparative studies tell us about where our nation stands now, in our own history, and across the globe?

Democratic Vulnerability and Resilience in the United States


The turbulence of the Trump administration and a chaotic 2020 presidential election revealed vulnerabilities in American democracy, and raised the possibility that it could be threatened directly.  Many observers imagined that the election’s outcome might restore some sense of stability to a democratic system under stress, but 2021 was no tonic: we saw a violent […]

Frontiers of Democratic Reform


What can be done to solve America’s crisis of democracy? Fifteen months after a literal assault on a central institution of U.S. democracy, one might imagine that Americans would welcome earnest efforts to strengthen the democratic foundations of the republic. Unnervingly, though, extreme polarization and partisanship are steering the nation away from democratic progress, and […]

Controlling the Damage: COVID-19’s Impact on Inequality


On June 21st, 2022, the AAPSS along with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion examining how COVID-19 pushed our social safety net to its breaking points, and beyond. Low-wage and “essential” workers were among those hit hardest by the virus and its accompanying economic […]