COWS is a university think tank founded by Joel Rogers, who, according to his official biography, is "Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology and Director of COWS, a think-and-do tank on high-road development. Rogers has written widely on American politics, comparative public policy, and political theory, including such books as On Democracy, Right Turn, Works Councils, Associations and Democracy, Metro Futures, What Workers Want, The Forgotten Majority, and American Society: How it Really Works. He is also a longtime political activist and strategist. He has helped found and manage many progressive organizations including the New Party, Economic Analysis and Research Network, and Emerald Cities Collaborative and advises a wide range of federal, state, and local policymakers and candidates. What unites this diverse work, as reflected in the Public Law & Private Power course he regularly teaches at the Law School, is Rogers' commitment to increasing the competence and power of democratic institutions. A contributing editor at The Nation and Boston Review and a MacArthur Foundation fellow, Newsweek had identified him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to affect U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.
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