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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 […]

A comparative perspective on policies to support single-parent families

In the last 50 years, single parenthood has become more prevalent in the United States and other countries. As compared to other high-income countries, the United States does little to support single-parent families and they fare poorly as a result.  On December 1, the Brookings Institution in collaboration with the AAPSS hosted an event marking […]

Community Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic


Please join the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin for a webinar on the societal consequences of the opioid epidemic, particularly as they affect child well-being. The conversation will draw from findings and insights from the most recent volume of the […]