Professor in Political Science and Computer and Information Science

David Lazer

The need for a translational science of democracy

Journal Article
Publication date: 
03/2017
Authors: 
Michael Neblo
William Minozzi
Kevin Esterling
Jonathan Kingzette
Jon Green
David Lazer
The need for a translational science of democracy

The bitterly factious 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign was the culmination of several trends that, taken together, constitute a syndrome of chronic ailments in the body politic. Ironically, these destructive trends have accelerated just as science has rapidly improved our understanding of them and their underlying causes. But mere understanding is not sufficient to repair our politics. The challenge is to build a strong translational science of democracy that maintains scientific rigor while actively promoting the health of the body politic.

Research Areas TOC

Computational Social Science, 21st Century Democracy, Political Networks

Computational Social Science, Collective Cognition

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