K. Sabeel Rahman

New America Fellow

K. Sabeel Rahman is a fellow at New America and author of Democracy Against Domination, a book about how democratic participation and civic power is vital to addressing long-term economic inequalities—from finance and corporate power, to urban inequality and community development, to economic insecurity and the gig economy. An assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, Rahman was a special advisor on economic development strategy in New York City from 2014-15, and currently serves on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. Rahman is the research and design director and part of the founding leadership team for the Gettysburg Project, a first-of-its-kind design and innovation lab that draws together leading community organizers and academics to foster new strategies aimed at rebuilding American democracy in the face of long-term challenges of economic, ecological, and social justice. Rahman is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied economic development and law as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard University, where he earned his A.B., J.D., and Ph.D. in political theory. His writings have appeared in venues like The Boston Review, The Nation, and Salon. His first book, Democracy against Domination (Oxford University Press, 2016), examines how Progressive Era political thought can inform contemporary democratic theory and debates in post-financial crisis administrative law and economic regulation.

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FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Centering the Margins

Social policy is supposed to promote equality. Read our proposal on how to listen and respond to meet that goal.


OPEN MARKETS
Obama’s Work to Limit Mergers May Stop With Trump Administration

K. Sabeel Rahman was quoted in the New York Times about President-elect Trump's seemingly deregulatory agenda.


NEW AMERICA NYC
A Post-Election Conversation on the Future of Democracy

Americans across the ideological spectrum are increasingly concerned by the concentration of both private and public power.


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA NYC
Democracy Restored

On the evening following Election Day, join K. Sabeel Rahman to discuss how to transform the "New Gilded Age" into a more inclusive economy.


FELLOWS
Democracy Against Domination

K. Sabeel Rahman offers an alternative vision for how we should govern the modern economy in a democratic society.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Way Forward for Progressives

K. Sabeel Rahman wrote for the New Republic about what progressivism may look like after the 2016 election.


POLITICAL REFORM
Inequality And The Crisis of American Democracy

Please join the Political Reform program for a conversation on how we need a more thorough structural approach to economic change.


From Transparency to Democracy

What's better than openness? Openness coupled with engagement.


OPEN MARKETS
Untamed: How to Check Corporate, Financial, and Monopoly Power

A policy agenda designed to rewrite the rules that shape the corporate and financial sectors.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Key to Making Economic Development More Equitable Is Making It More Democratic

K. Sabeel Rahman wrote for the Nation about how cities are experimenting to make local residents active participants in development.


The Economics of Power

Increasing economic inequality is not just about changes in the workforce. K. Sabeel Rahman explains why it is also about a shift in the ba


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA NYC
American Amnesia

According to a new book by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, what's good for business and what's good for Americans has become misaligned.