Monthly Archives: May 2007

a typology of democracy and citizenship

Facebook1 Twitter0Total1I’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 treat citizens. … Continue reading

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my new book

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 oneself. I … Continue reading

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discussing current issues in schools

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 15 to … Continue reading

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the Democratic primary

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0State 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. Nevertheless, the … Continue reading

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November Fifth Coalition: great examples

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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, from crime … Continue reading

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why not to think about “youth turnout”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 rate of … Continue reading

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philosophy and concrete moral issues

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The 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 trolley is … Continue reading

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generations and economic inequality

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 changed is … Continue reading

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angles on US history

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 what they’ve … Continue reading

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measuring online civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(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 get this … Continue reading

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