The need for a translational science of democracy

03 March 2017 Vol 355, Issue 6328

Policy Forum
The need for a translational science of democracy
By Michael A. Neblo, William Minozzi, Kevin M. Esterling, Jon Green, Jonathon Kingzette, David M. J. Lazer
Science03 Mar 2017 : 914-915 Restricted Access
The political science community should focus on how to foster the health 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 translational science of democracy that maintains scientific rigor while actively promoting the health of the body politic.