Everyday life is filled with opportunities for citizens to make a difference

The Ecology of Democracy offers insights into where these opportunities might be found and why the work citizens do is so important. The book examines how the work of democracy can be done in ways that put more control in the hands of citizens and help restore the legitimacy of our institutions.

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Measuring Democracy in America

As political pundits have begun to size up 2014, some continue to engage in anguished public handwringing over the health…

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Letter: the Ecology of Democracy

If you care about the health of our country but fear the political system is dysfunctional and mired in hyperpolarization,…

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RSS Ecology of Democracy – Classroom Conversations

  • Completely Agree April 26, 2017
    Hey Waters, I completely agree with you some people get into politics that have no business being there. They people are the ones who run for public office not to help their constituents but to enrich themselves. This is not empty talk, just this year Representative Marsha Blackburn and Senator Jeff Flake sponsored identical bills to be voted on […]
  • Agree April 26, 2017
    Chapman, I agree with what you're saying, democracy needs some assistance more now than ever. What I find interesting is that we don't need to offer people tax incentives to participate in their democracy because they're already taking action. With Bernie Sanders bid in the presidential election, he brought many new faces to politics, but that fire has not […]
  • Disagree April 26, 2017
    I have to agree with you Fares that people don't seem to care about politics or to be civically active in general. The internet gives people instant dopamine on demand; they can go from playing games to messaging friends to watching the newest thriller. Why spend time reading up on new bills being introduced into Congress? […]

RSS Ecology of Democracy – Community Conversations

  • Ability to learn October 29, 2015
    In order for the community to learn about why they are not progresive and not seeing any change in the community, stems from non involvement in the communities problems, if we want any change you have to change your views and look at your community as a part of the, problem, solution. Involvement is very […]