Institutions of Democracy

The Institutions of Democracy project works to enhance the public’s appreciation of the nature and function of democratic institutions. The project examines the history, current state and challenges facing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, the press and the public schools. Commissions of scholars have synthesized what is known about the institutions, identified research priorities and disseminated their findings to scholars and the public through volumes published by Oxford University Press as the Institutions of American Democracy series. The Annenberg Public Policy Center offers access to the IOD data sets for scholars upon request. To access the data, click on this link and complete the form.

    Americans know surprisingly little about their government, survey finds

    Americans show great uncertainty when it comes to answering basic questions about how their government works, a survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found. The survey was released for Constitution Day, Sept. 17, in conjunction with the launch of the Civics Renewal Network.