Purchasing Power: Money, Politics, and Inequality

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This conference event is by invitation only.

On May 6, leading policy-makers, academics, advocates, and thought leaders from around the country will come together at Yale University to explore the role of money on our political system. The conference, Purchasing Power: Money, Politics, and Inequality, is sponsored by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the hub of policy research at Yale University.

The day-long conference will include a keynote address from Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and Director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics. The conference will also feature two panels of leading academics and practitioners; the first will highlight the effects of campaign spending on the 2012 elections, and the second will explore the connection between money and policy-making, particularly as it relates to economic inequality. The day will conclude with an interactive session exploring the various efforts to address these issues, as well as other possibilities for reform.

Purchasing Power: Money, Politics, and Inequality is the second annual conference on inequality and American governance hosted by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. For more information on ISPS, please visit http://isps.yale.edu/.

SPECIAL NOTE: In addition to our featured conference on May 6th, ISPS is happy to announce that we are partnering with the journal Democracy for a sister event in New York City the following day, May 7th.  The event, which will feature ISPS Director Jacob Hacker as well as several other leading thinkers on the role of money in politics, will be during the early afternoon on the campus of New York University.  More details for the May 7 event - including information on registration, a confirmed list of presenters, and travel logistics from New Haven to New York City - can be found at http://isps.yale.edu/conferences/purchasing-power-money-politics-and-inequality/sister-event.