Monthly Archives: June 2013

the model of We are the Ones …

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6My new book, We are the Ones We Have been Waiting For (which you can get from Amazon on October 8), essentially presents the following model: In part, this model is empirical. The arrows are causal, so … Continue reading

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educating the public when people don’t trust each other

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(This is the fifth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest … Continue reading

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civic studies at Frontiers of Democracy 2013

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Former members of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies and their colleagues have put together a track of discussions for this summer’s Frontiers of Democracy Conference. They have designed an exciting mix of theory, practice, and applications … Continue reading

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Albert O. Hirschman on exit, voice, and loyalty

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Jeremy Adelman’s recent biography of the recently deceased Albert Hirschman has prompted good writing: see Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker, Cass Sunstein in the New York Review, and a nice discussion at the Reality-Based Community. For … Continue reading

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tell it straight? the advantages and dangers of parody

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4This is the fourth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. Our posts discuss issues of general interest … Continue reading

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activist forms of civic education are traditional

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15(Washington, DC) One of my refrains is that we have not recently invented the idea that students can learn to be citizens by practicing citizenship. That is a traditional concept, rooted in Aristotle, de Tocqueville, Mill, and … Continue reading

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how to reach a large scale with high-quality messages

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4(Washington, DC) This post–cross-posted on the Democracy Fund blog—is the third in a series about CIRCLE’s  evaluations of the Fund’s initiatives to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest … Continue reading

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young people and government data surveillance

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4Sixty percent of young Americans support Edward Snowden’s leaks of the NSA data surveillance program, versus 36% of people age 65 and older. CNN’s latest poll finds that just 45% of young people now approve of the president’s … Continue reading

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supporting a beleaguered news industry

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is the second in a series of blog posts about CIRCLE’s evaluations of initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. It is cross-posted from the Democracy Fund blog. Two … Continue reading

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why so few new colleges?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Americans found colleges and universities. That tradition started in 1636 and it explains why we have nearly 4,500 degree-granting institutions today. Typically, periods of population growth and migration are marked by the founding of lots of new … Continue reading

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