Monthly Archives: May 2007

a typology of democracy and citizenship

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1I’ve been in Chicago for an interesting research conference on civic participation. There was some discussion about how empirical research should relate to “normative” thinking, i.e., arguments about how citizens ought to act, or how institutions should … Continue reading

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my new book

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) Yesterday, we received a copy of my new book, The Future of Democracy. I don’t know whether it’s seemly to post advertising copy for one’s book on one’s own blog, especially if one wrote the copy … Continue reading

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discussing current issues in schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) Surveys consistently find that most American students discuss current events in their classrooms and feel free to express their own views in these discussions. For instance, according to CIRCLE’s 2006 survey, three-quarters of current students ages … Continue reading

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the Democratic primary

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0State primaries are the only contests that really count for selecting a presidential nominee. The national population never weighs in, which notoriously means that people count for a lot more in New Hampshire than in, say, Maryland. … Continue reading

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November Fifth Coalition: great examples

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Medford, Mass.) With help from the Democratic Governance Panel of the National League of Cities, the November Fifth Coalition has written up six excellent examples of communities in which broad public deliberation has addressed serious, difficult issues, … Continue reading

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why not to think about “youth turnout”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Medford, MA) If we think about the “youth vote” as an aggregate, we’ll focus on a trend of decline followed by a significant rebound in 2004 (the blue line to the left). We will notice that the … Continue reading

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philosophy and concrete moral issues

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Philosopher’s Index (a database) turns up 25 articles that concern “trolley problems.” That’s actually fewer than I expected, given how frequently such problems seem to arise in conversation. Briefly, they involve situations in which an out-of-control … Continue reading

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generations and economic inequality

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Indianapolis) According to USA Today (which I get in my hotel room), Inequality within age groups hasn’t changed much. People in their 30s or 60s have roughly the same wealth distribution among themselves as in 1989. What’s … Continue reading

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angles on US history

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Indianapolis) I’m attending a meeting on teacher education. During a morning session on the teaching of American history, there was some criticism of a certain national historical narrative that’s often retold by children when they are asked … Continue reading

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measuring online civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Indianapolis) We have an opportunity to ask questions on a national survey that will gauge the extent of civic engagement online. We hope to repeat the same questions in subsequent years to follow trends. It’s hard to … Continue reading

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