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Democracy, Growing Up: The Shifts That Reshaped Local Politics and Foreshadowed the 2008 Presidential Election

Local officials are often caught between more capable citizens who demand a greater voice in community decisions and inadequate processes for including residents in policymaking. To deal with this dilemma, leaders and citizens have attempted many different civic experiments – some successful, some not – to help their communities function more democratically and solve problems more effectively. This 2009 essay by Matt Leighninger for Public Agenda examines the shifts that reshaped local politics and that foreshadowed the 2008 presidential election.

Resource Center: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/PA_CAPE_Paper5_Democracy_Mech2.pdf

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