Monthly Archives: July 2003

CIRCLE is funded

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the past, I couldn’t blog about an activity that’s taken a lot of my time over the last six months: namely, fundraising for CIRCLE. Now that the grants have been approved and announced, I’m happy to … Continue reading

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Stealth Democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A new book is causing quite a stir among people who work for in civic and democratic reform. John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse argue that the public doesn’t want a bigger role in government and politics. … Continue reading

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the young don’t read newspapers

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to CIRCLE’s new fact sheet on media use, this is the trend in newspaper readership since 1972: We know that newspaper reading correlates with many forms of civic engagement, so this trend is worrisome. (It is … Continue reading

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aid to Africa

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I believe in asset-based development, which means that I am loath to itemize deficits and problems without putting at least as much emphasis on the assets that any human community or nation possesses as the basis for … Continue reading

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honesty means having to say you’re wrong

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0President Bush said in his January State of the Union Address that Iraq was trying to buy uranium in Africa—an extraordinarily important charge that could justify a preemptive war (on the assumption that Iraq would only need … Continue reading

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the place of ideology

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have been approached by a publisher about the idea of writing a popular guide to politics for new voters, in time for the 2004 campaign season. I don’t know if this idea will come to pass, … Continue reading

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working with power

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m reading all the back issues of the Higher Education Exchange, in order to write a mini-report for the editors about their future strategy for the journal. One generally excellent article is Edward Royce’s "The Practice of … Continue reading

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new research on civic ed

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was in Boston today, for the International Society for Political Psychology‘s annual conference. I went to give a presentation on The Civic Mission of Schools. While there, I heard interesting papers on civic education and on … Continue reading

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the Hatch/Wyden bill

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Senate has passed a bill that would represent a very important experiment in public deliberation. It is the Wyden-Hatch bill, now section 620 of S. 1, the Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003. If … Continue reading

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limitations of the Dean model

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Apparently, Gov. Howard Dean’s extraordinary fundraising success is due to the Internet. In a broadcast email (read full text here), Mike Weiksner, Chairman of e-thePeople, writes, "It started out last December when a small cabal of online … Continue reading

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