Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to trust one another. In "A Liberal Democratic Peace", Prof. Kevin Vallier attempts to forestall this legitimacy crisis by arguing that liberal democratic institutions promote and sustain social and political trust between diverse persons. He argues that five traditional liberal institutions promote social and political trust in the real world: freedom of association, private property, social insurance, legislative democracy, and democratic elections. Despite increasing hostility toward many of these institutions, they are society’s best hope for recovering lost trust and containing partisan polarization.
About Our Research Workshops
Research Workshops are weekend-long, round-table discussions that bring together 10–14 junior and senior scholars to provide valuable feedback from a variety of perspectives on a work, or multiple works, in progress. Workshops offer academics the opportunity to advance inquiry on important topics within the classical liberal tradition, strengthen specific research contributions, and form interdisciplinary and inter-generational networks of scholars with whom they can collaborate in the future.
- Manuscript Workshops provide constructive feedback on a single book manuscript and offer commenters the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a fellow scholar’s work.
- On-Campus Workshops, an alternate format of Manuscript Workshops, are day-long, round-table discussions hosted on the author’s campus, bringing together 4–6 faculty and late-stage graduate students in order to provide valuable feedback on a work in progress.
- Papers Workshops bring together authors contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue to workshop their individual contributions as well as identify themes and improve the work as a whole.
Interested In Having Your Work Reviewed?
Contact us at Workshops@TheIHS.org to express interest in hosting your own research workshop with us. Please include a current CV, an abstract or detailed description of your project, and expected completion date. IHS supports authors throughout their careers with these workshops, including assistance for those who wish to convert a recently defended dissertation into a monograph or articles.
IHS offers personalized publication support to select academics interested in publishing an edited volume or contributing to a special journal issue. Funding is available for editors as well as authors, and IHS can also provide editorial guidance, assemble additional writers, and more. Eligible subject areas include free speech, civil exchange, liberty, equality, market dynamism, and social stability.
These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. The ideas and opinions expressed in these programs are those of the author(s) and participant(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Jordan Cash’s "The Isolated Presidency" argues that the presidency as created by the Constitution possesses an institutional logic derived from its structure, duties, and powers which not only grants the president a unique institutional perspective, but also provides the president with considerable agency and discretion in pursuing his agenda as informed by that institutional perspective. The clearest view of the presidency’s institutional logic and constitutional strength is gained by examining those administrations where presidents were institutionally isolated from other branches of government and even from their own parties, being left with nothing but their constitutional authority to rely on.
In The Community of Public Reason, Professor Chad Van Schoelandt examines the tensions, ultimately arguing that liberal institutions provide a framework in which many diverse communities flourish, that many social ideals of community are rightly rejected for society as a whole since they are incompatible with liberalism’s characteristic diversity, and that a polymorphic or multiply realizable ideal of open community is more appropriate for liberal society.
In this manuscript, Prof. Donald Kochan examines the thesis that the labels we choose for constitutional products—rights, powers, principles, concepts, and other features within the U.S. Constitution—affect the construction, interpretation, and perception of the content or quality of those products.
Prof. Zachary German’s "Making a Constitution" addresses questions of statesmanship and constitutional design through a comparison of the political thought of Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists. While the influence of Montesquieu on the American Founding is widely acknowledged, this work focuses on the underexplored comparison of how these thinkers view the relationship between institutional design, the civic character of a people, and various social, cultural, and other non-political factors. The project begins with an explication of Montesquieu's central concept of "spirit" and how that concept informs his analyses of republics, monarchies, federal systems, and the separation of powers.