The Denny Center for Democratic Capitalism

Over the last 200 years, free market capitalism has proven itself as an unmatched engine for driving economic growth in the United States and around the world, and yet big problems persist, including uneven economic opportunities, degradation of natural resources, and questions of corporate integrity when profits appear to be the sole motivator.

The Denny Center’s primary work is to evaluate the relative balance of economic performance and societal health and stability. To that end, we measure both business results and the needs of society, to highlight the tensions present in the existing system, and search for potential solutions, especially those that consider all stakeholders and favor long-term objectives to measure success.

To carry out its mission, the Denny Center pursues work in three areas:

  1. Conducting and publishing research including the center’s signature annual report card to analyze the current health of democratic capitalism;
  2. Convening leading voices from business, government and society (both public and private sectors) to discuss existing tensions and recommend new paths forward;
  3. Creating student experiences to enrich their education, engage them in the center’s work, and prepare them for lifelong contributions.

Georgetown Law provides the ideal home for the Denny Center given its esteemed faculty, strategic location, vast resource base, and outstanding student body.

Reaganomics Trickled Down to Basics

Denny Center Student Fellow Ian Stubbs (L'24) breaks down Reaganomics including economic theory, it's implementation, and it's impacts.

There are two kinds of companies...

The center's Executive Director, Bruce Shaw, discusses how and why corporate boards should integrate long-term strategy and broad stakeholder interests into their decision-making in Fortune Magazine's "There are two kinds of companies–those that strengthen democratic capitalism and those that undermine it."

The Denny Center’s 2023 Report Examines the Quality of Market Competition

Competition is an essential ingredient of the market economy and a key indicator of the economy's health. Among other benefits, competition keeps prices in check and promotes innovation and productivity.