Study Group: Practitioners in American Democracy


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


124 Mt. Auburn St. - Suite 100N, Room 106

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center, for the sixth session of a spring semester study group with practitioners in the field of democratic governance. Study group participants will hear from advocates, organizers, elected officials, and policy innovators, and have the opportunity to discuss the latest strategies and leading organizations promoting democratic institutions and norms. Study group sessions are open to all Harvard ID holders. Refreshments will be provided.    

Special Guest:  Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLeanNancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University, is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”

Book CoverIn Democracy in Chains, Professor Nancy MacLean documents a critical part of the radical right’s assault on democracy, tracing its roots to James McGill Buchanan, an economics professor in Virginia who—with the help of the Koch Brothers and other deep-pocketed donors—developed an articulated an ‘economic’ theory to radically shrink  government and undermine democracy itself on behalf of the overarching right of private property.  

Future Study Group Semester Meeting Schedule:

  • Tues, April 24