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Connections 2007: A Year’s Review from the Perspective of Citizens

Connections is a yearly periodical published by the Kettering Foundation featuring articles devoted to a theme. Each issue of the foundation’s annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of Kettering’s research and contains articles, feature stories, and book reviews relevant to the foundation’s work. Editing responsibilities for Connections rotate among Kettering program staff.

The 2007 edition shares studies related to “democracy as seen from the perspective of communities“.  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

In this issue, you will find background articles, interviews, and studies that flesh out options that might allow citizens to make the difference some say they should. The four options are (1) to try to make national politics more like community politics, (2) to make institutional bureaucracies truly accessible and accountable, (3) to open more entry points into the system, other than just voting booths, perhaps by starting with citizen boards, and (4) to demonstrate that citizens can do things collectively that will indeed make a difference in our democracy.

– David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation

…along with the contents of the newsletter…

Contents of the 2007 Edition

Politics from the Perspective of Citizens
David Mathews

The Paradox of Place in American Federalism
Lara Rusch

International Democracy
Kenneth A. Brown

Public Administrators and Citizens: Solving Community Problems Together
Alice Diebel

Public Agencies and Citizen Engagement: Getting Beyond the Customer-Service Model
Phillip Lurie

The Persistence of Power: Changing the System When the System Won’t Listen
Kenneth A. Brown

Citizen Boards: When Local Isn’t Enough
Paloma Dallas

Public Engagement in Five Colorado School Communities
Alice Diebel

Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role
John Doble with Janay Cody

Deliberation and Public Action
Elena Fagotto, Archon Fung, and Libby Kingseed

Sources of Deliberation
Libby Kingseed

Who Cares About the State of Democracy . . . and What Is It They Care About?
Edith Manosevitch

Readers’ Forum
Bob Mihalek, Deborah Witte

Books Worth Reading

The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance . . . and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same
Reviewed by: Harry C. Boyte

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
Reviewed by: Caitlin Bortolotto

Profit with Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism
Reviewed by: Matthew Johnson

This edition of their annual newsletter is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/connections-2007/

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