About the project

About the project

The Project on Democracy and Capitalism aims to foster a vital conversation between academia and the public

About the Project

Cover of the book "Wealth of Nations"
First published in 1776

The Project on Democracy and Capitalism examines the intersection of free markets, free peoples, and free societies. Are they good for each other? What does each require of the other? What must be done to improve the functioning of democratic capitalism? How well is democratic capitalism working for us, and what should we do to buttress it, if anything at all? How well might reforms promote the full potential of democratic rule, the dynamism of capitalism, and mutual reinforcement between them?

The Project aims to engage both academic and the public on these vital topics while fostering a conversation between the two. 

Pillars & Trends

Through an emphasis on pedagogy, research, and policy, the Democracy and Capitalism Project seeks to foster analysis of important issues at the nexus of democracy and capitalism. 

Major trends in society, including political, economic, historical, and cultural shifts, frame the work of the Project. Currently these trends include: 

  • Technology
  • Climate Change & the Environment
  • Inequality & Opportunity
  • Polarization
  • Race & Identity
  • Governance & Consolidation
  • Growth & Standards of Living

Current Work

Since its founding in 2021, the Project on Democracy and Capitalism has established fulsome portfolios in pedagogy, research, and policy, with many programs engaging multiple pillars. The Project has hosted major conferences, published content, hosted events for both public and scholarly audiences, and designed and launched new, innovative pedagogical tools founded in research and rigorous data analysis.