Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy


American FlagsThe APSA Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy was established in 2001 to gather what political scientists and other scholars know about the ways in which recent trends in inequalities impact democratic participation and governance in the United States, and to consider how changing patterns of participation and policy influence inequality along various dimensions. In 2004, the task force published:

The task force findings were discussed in the December '04 issue of Perspectives in Politics and published in book form in 2004 by the Russell Sage Foundation as Inequality and American Democracy: What We Know and What We Need to Learn.



Task Force News

"Symposium: Inequality and American Democracy," PS: Political Science and Politics, January 2006 - The authors of the Task Force report respond to a collection of critiques and comments on their work.

"Poor Version of Democracy" - in this June, 2004 Washington Post article, columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. calls attention to and comments on the the Task Force report.

Broadcast on NPR's Marketplace - May 13, 2004 commentary by Task Force member Benjamin Barber on how "free market capitalism may be de-democratizing America."

Task Force Operations and Acknowledgements

The Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy was convened by the American Political Science Association with the support of the Russell Sage Foundation. Read more about the Task Force Operations and acknowledgements to those who participated in and supported this effort.




Task Force Members

In 2002, then-APSA President Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, nominated the following diverse set of prominent scholars to the task force, which was appointed by the Council of the American Political Science Association to serve from January 2003 to January 2005.

Benjamin R. Barber, University of Maryland-College Park
Larry M. Bartels, Princeton University
Michael C. Dawson, Harvard University
Morris Fiorina, Stanford University
Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University
Hugh Heclo, George Mason University
Rodney E. Hero, University of Notre Dame
Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Minnesota, Chair, [email protected] 
Claire Jean Kim
, University of California-Irvine
Suzanne B. Mettler, Syracuse University
Benjamin I. Page, Northwestern University
Dianne M. Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame, [email protected]
Kay Lehman Schlozman, Boston College
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, [email protected]