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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy draws from the humanities and social sciences to study topics related to the health of democracy in the United States around the world. This research covers everything public opinion to democratic deliberation.

Our Mood of the Nation poll offers a unique approach to public opinion polling. It allows Americans to speak in their own words through open-ended questions that focus on emotions like anger and hope, as well as commitment to constitutional principles.

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Mood of the Nation Poll

The medal brings new ideas and innovations the public recognition they deserve, thereby accelerating their positive impact on democracy.

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Brown Democracy Medal

This project draws from speeches throughout history to study the role that public discourse has in a civil society.

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Voices of Democracy

Our faculty are active scholars in rhetoric, political science, and other areas related to democracy.

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Faculty Publications