The Scrivner Institute is working on building out inter-disciplinary research programs on cross-cutting public policy issues, with a primary focus on economic justice and liberalism and democracy. We consider these issues from an inclusive framework that explores approaches from local to national to global.

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Socioeconomic Inequality

Growing inequality within and between countries since the recession has fomented illiberal, exclusionary and protectionist policies around the globe. Dramatic demographic shifts and levels of migration pose new opportunities and challenges for policymakers in advanced industrial societies worldwide.

We're working to explore various approaches to inequality through a lens that accounts for factors like economic development, migration and urban gentrification while taking a global view of inequality and the future of work.

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Liberalism and Democracy

The U.S. is one of many nations now facing real or potential crises of legitimacy targeting political institutions, political parties, public school systems, higher education, the news media, the penal system, financial institutions and others. How have attitudes toward these institutions varied over time, and how does the U.S. experience compare to those of other countries? Is this a period of substantial global political and social retrenchment? If so, what would that mean for U.S. public policy?

We're working to explore how people experience democracy in terms of their relationship to government and public policy in the hopes of answering these pressing questions.


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