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Watch AAPSS Fellows Induction Event: Can Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?

January 14, 2021 2300

Every year, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, or AAPSS, welcomes a group of accomplished scholars and public servants into the Academy as fellows. In the past, this group’s accomplishments and contributions have been honored at an induction ceremony and gala dinner. 

David Leonhardt

For the 2020 fellows, however, the event was reimagined and moved online as on online panel discussion, “Can Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?” moderated by David Leonhardt of The New York Times and featuring the five scholars elected to the AAPSS as 2020 fellows (for more on the 2020 cohort, see here):

The discussion took up some of the most salient topics of our time: How have we come to live in an America marked by the confluence of racial unrest and extreme inequality? How do we understand this moment in historical context, and how does inequality destabilize American democracy? What is the relationship between criminal justice and racial inequality in America? What of instability in democracies around the world, and how is inequality related to the rise of extreme Right political regimes?

The American Academy of Political and Social Science, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies, is dedicated to the use of social science to address important social problems. For over a century, our flagship journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, has brought together public officials and scholars from across the disciplines to tackle issues ranging from racial inequality and intractable poverty to the threat of nuclear terrorism. Today, through conferences and symposia, podcast interviews with leading social scientists, and the annual induction of Academy Fellows and presentation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize, the Academy is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and the formation of public policy.

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Russell John Foote

Politics has been and continued to be an enterprise that is primarily focussed on who gets what, when and how a position initially foreground by Harold Laswell. On that basis, politics continues to facilitate inequalities. However politicians who are final decision makers, always need financial support to get projects up and running and completed in their country. Therein lies the role of businesses who collectively fuel the capitalist system. On the other hand politicians and the wider society continue to proclaim the virtues of a people- first approach which is the essence of democracy.Where does this scenario leave us? it… Read more »