Monthly Archives: October 2018

youth vote 2018: what to expect and how to interpret the data

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5In The Washington Post, Amy Gardner reads some tea leaves that might foretell youth turnout in November. On one hand, the good news: “In Pennsylvania, youth voters have made up nearly 60 percent of all new registrants, … Continue reading

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Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute 2019

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22 I’m posting the following announcement with my enthusiastic recommendation. The Principal Investigators of the Center for Democracy and Organizing are the extraordinarily talented and engaged scholars Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Hahrie Han, and Taeku Lee. More information … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor and civics

Facebook103 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 103I’m sorry to read that Justice O’Connor has dementia. She has devoted her retirement years to improving civics, and she has taken that objective fully seriously. Her greatest contribution is the nonprofit organization she founded to teach … Continue reading

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who must be included in which meetings, committees, and movements?

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15At a recent meeting, we discussed people who should be encouraged to join the effort we were working on. We quickly listed demographic categories that we should pay attention to: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age, … Continue reading

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closing remarks at the Bridge Alliance summit

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Posted by request: my remarks at the close of the 2018 Bridge Alliance Members Summit, a convening of “more than 90 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America,” Washington, DC, Oct 17.) I’ve been asked to … Continue reading

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youth on the brink of a watershed election

Facebook32 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 32My CIRCLE colleagues are on a roll. Since October 9, they have released three reports based on their original national survey of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24: CIRCLE Poll: Youth Engagement in the 2018 … Continue reading

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two approaches to social capital: Bourdieu vs. the American literature

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6The phrase “social capital” is used in (at least) two very different senses and discussions. One is an Anglophone discussion among social scientists who seem generally comfortable with a liberal market order. Important participants include James Coleman, … Continue reading

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curiosities from Wikipedia (an occasional series)

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4From the entry on Norfolk Island, pop. 1,748, which lies 877 miles from mainland Australia: This common heritage has led to a limited number of surnames among the islanders – a limit constraining enough that the island’s … Continue reading

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new CIRCLE youth survey: high youth engagement in the 2018 election

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15From today’s CIRCLE release: The 2018 midterms have the potential to be historic for youth political participation, with young people receiving campaign outreach, paying attention, and intending to vote at unusually high levels (34% “extremely likely” to … Continue reading

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reforms for a broken Supreme Court

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9In the Republic of A, the highest appeals court may overturn legislation based on the text of an idealistic but short and vague constitution (without further appeal to the legislature), that court consists of just nine justices … Continue reading

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