Monthly Archives: August 2016

the Danish Parliament’s paternoster

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5 Earlier this month, my family and I took the free and excellent tour of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. There were many serious insights to be gleaned about parliamentary government, unicameral legislatures, multiple-party systems, and the cultural norms … Continue reading

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public support for civics

Facebook10 Twitter0Total10The annual Phi Delta Kappa survey of public attitudes toward education is out. Adults are asked whether preparing students to be good citizens is important and how well schools are doing it. Eighty-two percent say it’s extremely or very important, and 33% … Continue reading

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a reason for hope: the Citizens Initiative Review

Facebook21 Twitter0Total21(Posted from DC) The Massachusetts 2016 Citizens Initiative Review just concluded. Twenty randomly selected citizens spent four full days hearing testimony and intensively deliberating to write a statement meant to inform Massachusetts voters about the pending marijuana legalization referendum. … Continue reading

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the signal in this election versus the noise

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7Here is a graph of the presidential polls from this election so far. Most people choose narrow ranges for the y-axis in graphs like this, to draw attention to the shifts. I show the full 0%-100% range, to display how … Continue reading

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the Nordic model

Facebook46 Twitter0Total46We are just back from a vacation in parts of Iceland, Denmark, and Sweden. Although I’ve been in the region before, I am very far from expert on Nordic politics and economics. But it’s worth understanding the Nordic model–even if … Continue reading

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the different logics of class and race

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9It’s common to list racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia together. These are all important and bad phenomena, but they have different logics, and I’m not sure it’s helpful to put them in a single category. Here I explore the … Continue reading

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on vacation

Facebook1 Twitter0Total1I’m offline and overseas until 8/24. I’ll resume posting then.

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CIRCLE analysis of Clinton and the youth vote

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8From today’s CIRCLE release: Young voters overwhelmingly favored Sanders in Democratic primary, but the general electorate offers more potential upside to Clinton than Trump; young women, black youth more likely to support Clinton The Center for Information and Research … Continue reading

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white working class alienation from government

Facebook33 Twitter0Total33In a recent long post, I argued that one reason white working class Americans are alienated from government is that they lack the productive political power that comes from organizations, such as political parties that rely on ordinary members, and unions. Moreover, … Continue reading

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against root cause analysis

Facebook21 Twitter0Total21I am skeptical of the idea of “root causes” and the assumption that progress comes from addressing the roots of problems. The following points draw from discussions in our annual Summer Institutes of Civic Studies and are indebted to my co-teacher, Karol Soltan. … Continue reading

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