Book Symposium: Democracy in Chains

Editor’s note: Nancy’s MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America has been the subject of intense scrutiny and controversy since it came out earlier this year. Much of the debate has centered on the motives of MacLean and her critics. In an effort to bring about more constructive dialogue, I asked several historically-oriented scholars of diverse backgrounds to review Democracy in Chains as part of a symposium for Policy Trajectories. Their reviews are below. We hope you will join the conversation in the comments. – Josh McCabe

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Graduate Student Workshop on the History and Politics of Public Finance

Josh McCabe
Wellesley College

(The following is an invitation for applications from our good friends in the Public Finance network of the Social Science History Association.)

The last decade has witnessed a revival of multidisciplinary research on the social, political, and historical sources and consequences of public finance. We invite interested graduate students from history, law, public policy, and the social sciences to participate in a one-day workshop on this “new fiscal sociology.” In addition to brief lectures introducing students to the comparative history of taxation and public finance, the workshop will consist of discussion of classic and contemporary texts.

The graduate student workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in Montreal, Canada in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). Participants may also have the opportunity to present their own work at the conference as part of the Public Finance network.

Space is limited. Some funds for reimbursement of housing and travel expenses will be available for a limited number of participants.

Applicants should submit a CV and a paragraph explaining their interest in this workshop, and (if applicable) a draft of a research paper that they would like to present at the SSHA. Preference will be given to students who also submit conference papers, but we encourage applications from all students interested in the workshop, including those at early stages of their graduate careers.

Submit materials via e-mail no later than February 20, 2015 to:

Lucy Barnes, Department of Political Science, University College London (

Molly Michelmore, Department of History, Washington and Lee University (

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