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Can Higher Ed Renew Our Democracy?

In new paper, Danielle Allen explores how higher ed can play a role in promoting the health of our democracy.

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Conference on the Political Economy of AI Podcast Episodes
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Conference on the Political Economy of AI Podcast Episodes

Check out the podcast episodes from the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation’s Conference on the Political Economy of AI to glean insights from each panel.

Our Top Spring 2024 Events
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Our Top Spring 2024 Events

This past semester, the Ash Center hosted discussions and debates on topics ranging from AI and democracy to the future of the Electoral College.

Our Top Insights from Spring 2024
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Our Top Insights from Spring 2024

This semester, Ash Center researchers offered a solution to partisan gerrymandering, provided real-time data on protests across the country, outlined a pathway for better AI development, and more.

Using AI for Political Polling
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Using AI for Political Polling

Will AI-assisted polls soon replace more traditional techniques?

Indigenous Governance Summer Reading List
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Indigenous Governance Summer Reading List

From a fictional thriller to a leading report on Native children, the HKS Project on Indigenous Governance and Development shares recommendations for must-reads this summer.

India’s Surprising Election Results A “Watershed Moment”

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India’s Surprising Election Results A “Watershed Moment”

Expecting to be returned to power with a resounding mandate, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was instead humbled as India’s voters “sprung a surprise,” said HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Gautam Nair. Nair, who studies the politics of inequality and redistribution with a special focus on South Asia, discussed how handwringing over the erosion of India’s democracy under Modi may be premature as his Hindu nationalist message seemingly failed to resonate across much of the electorate.

AI and Democracy Summer Reading List
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AI and Democracy Summer Reading List

This list, curated by the GETTING-Plurality Research Network at the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation, highlights a mix of foundational texts and new thinking on the timely issue of how AI will impact democracy, especially as we head into election season.