Civic Power Lab

Studying political power and creating tools to support democratic organizing globally.

Led by faculty director Liz McKenna, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at HKS, the Civic Power Lab at Harvard Kennedy School develops accessible approaches to measuring political power, studying organizational governance in civic associations, and understanding global democratic backsliding.

The lab will serve as a vehicle for scholars and practitioners to study and improve democratic organizing globally. Liz McKenna is a distinguished political sociologist whose research focuses on how civil society can both enable and constrain democracy.

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