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Democracy and Capitalism: An Interdisciplinary Project in History, Law, and Politics

2022 – 2023
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Key Question

Project Summary

By foregrounding the interdependence of capitalism and democracy since the eighteenth century, this project will identify alternatives to the political economies that have fueled so many contemporary crises.

Research Team

Chiara Cordelli

Chiara Cordelli

Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Chicago

Chiara Cordelli works on a variety of topics in social and political philosophy, including questions of distributive justice, political legitimacy, normative defenses of the state, and the ethics of philanthropy. She is the author of The Privatized State (Princeton University Press,...

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy

James Westfall Thompson Professor of US History, Fundamentals, Social Thought, and the College; Associate Faculty Member, Law School; Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

University of Chicago

Jonathan Levy is a historian of economic life and of the United States, with interests in the relationships among business history, political economy, legal history, and the history of ideas and culture. His most recent book, Ages of American Capitalism (Random House, 2021), traces the...

James Sparrow

James Sparrow

Associate Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College

University of Chicago

James Sparrow is a historian of modern US politics broadly construed, with special interests in the mutual constitution of social categories, democratic publics, and state formation. His first book, Warfare State (Oxford University Press, 2011), is a history of the social politics of...

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