The Corporate Power

Americans are increasingly aware that corporations aren’t working the way they should. Roosevelt Senior Economist Lenore Palladino explains: “Today’s corporations have retained their privileges and lost their public purpose. Corporate power should not [surpass] people power.” In a truly competitive economy, rules incentivize corporate behavior that promotes shared prosperity, including investments in better products, higher

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The Forge Fellowship

Reclaiming Public Power in Local Communities This fellowship is a stipended opportunity for 5–8 students currently enrolled at community colleges and public universities that do not have an existing Roosevelt chapter on their campus. Participants will be trained in core research, policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni

Finance is no longer channeling our collective investments to productive uses. Instead, it’s using society’s resources to enrich itself at the cost of students, taxpayers, and communities. The story of finance in the economy is an old and simple one- the finance sector grows and protects the savings of individuals and institutions, and pools them

Re:Public

What do the increase in for-profit colleges and private prisons have in common? Unchecked corporate power in our public institutions. Lack of public control over the provision of public goods demands action now. Our future is not for sale. A mainstay in our politics since World War II and now embedded in our highest political

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Higher Education

The idea that higher education is an essential pathway to economic security, regardless of how much it costs, has been cemented into the public’s mind. We’ve been told that people need more education and that investment in higher education will pay off. Every day, individuals and families make decisions based on these beliefs. But the

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Democratic Accountability

The Roosevelt Institute believes that restoring our democracy goes hand in hand with reforming our economy. Currently, the wealthy and well-connected are able to buy influence over the policymaking process—stacking the deck against the rest of us. As a result, corruption in government stands in the way of addressing nearly every issue on the progressive

Labor and Wages

Workers today are increasingly powerless. A decades-long attack on unionization has eroded workers’ agency over their own economic lives. At the same time, employers have expanded their influence in the labor market, gaining the discretion to set wages and working conditions on their own terms without fear that workers could check their power by finding

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10 Ideas

The Roosevelt Network is proud to present our 10 Ideas journal! Since 2008, this journal has elevated the ideas of young people seeking not only to rewrite the rules for their communities, but also to change who writes them. 10 Ideas is an annual Roosevelt Network program that generates student policy proposals. Each year, students