Democracy & The Pandemic: A new essay series

The Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation, call attention to under-examined issues and looming challenges, draw new connections and offer ideas for a path forward.

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  • The Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation, call attention to under-examined issues and looming challenges, draw new connections and offer ideas for a path forward.

    Read More

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Co-Director Melody Barnes writes about Richmond's Monument Avenue in The Washington Post.

New column by Deliberative Media Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan in The Guardian.

Interim Co-Director for Academic Affairs Andrew Kahrl is quoted.

SANDIP SUKHTANKAR: AUTHENTICATION STANDARDS AND THE TRADEOFFS IN TACKLING CORRUPTION

Abstract: How should citizens prove their identity in order to access publicly provided goods and services? We use a large-scale experiment to evaluate the effects of more stringent ID requirements based on biometric authentication currently being imposed by the Government of India, characterizing how this has affected errors of inclusion and of exclusion in the delivery of subsidized food in the state of Jharkhand.

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-Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences