Margaret Levi and Michael Lipsky

Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, professor of political science, and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She is the winner of the 2019 Johan Skytte Prize. Michael Lipsky is a former professor of political science at MIT, and a former senior program officer at the Ford Foundation. His publications include Protest in City Politics, Commission Politics: the Processing of Racial Crisis in America (with David J. Olson), and Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services.

John Lewis and Martin Luther king in 1963 march

What Kind of Moment Are We In?

Are we on the cusp of a vibrant social movement that will produce major transformations in our practices and policies? Or are we fated to see the communal expressions of grief and calls for change dissolve into contentious policy debates that may result in relatively modest reforms unequal to the fervent hopes now spinning in the streets?

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