Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

What We Took Away From the 2018 Midterm Elections

Spending records, voter suppression, and high youth turnout mark the most expensive midterm elections of all time.

The House Has Gone Democratic. Can It Now Go Bold?

Vague rhetoric about ‘access to health care’ and ‘good jobs’ won’t challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could.

Baltimore Voters Stand Up to Water Privatization

In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city’s voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.

Report: Agricultural Cooperatives

Opportunities and Challenges for African American Women in the South

2018 Midterm Elections: A Ballot Initiative Breakdown

Voters in several states passed measures to protect and expand the rights of people across the country.

We Have Movement Work To Do

If more registered voters—more young people, more people of color, more poor people, more women, more immigrants and students and workers and activists—had voted, things might be just a bit better. That’s our real challenge.

America’s Wealth Dynasties Are Getting Even Bigger

The three wealthiest U.S. families own a combined fortune of $348.7 billion. While some earned it, many simply inherited it, and that’s a problem.

How Aristocracies Are Born

Our country is on track to be run by the children of billionaires. Our ancestors recognized this and took action. We can too.

An Honest Look at Poverty in the Heartland

Hardship is a lot more widespread in the Badger State than the official numbers would have you believe.

Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism

Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.