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Connections 2013: Citizens in Democratic Politics

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 2013 edition focuses on”citizens and the importance of the choices they make in politics.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

The foundation’s annual research review in 2013 includes looking at citizens and the importance of the choices they make in politics. In many ways, politics is about choice—not only among policies and candidates in elections, but also among the many actions to address and solve problems.

Two difficulties stand out: Too often, people are on the sidelines of the political system. They don’t make any choices, or they choose by not choosing at all. Furthermore, simply being involved won’t result in good choices unless people make informed and wise decisions about what they should do. Kettering research is both about what motivates people to become involved and about what helps them make sound decisions.

– David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation

…along with the contents of the newsletter…

Contents of the 2013 Edition

Getting Off the Sidelines and Making Good Choices
David Mathews

Deliberative Opportunities in Everyday Political Talk
Amy Lee and Erika Mason-Imbody

Public Deliberation from the Jury Room to Initiative Elections
John Gastil

Issue Guides and Issue Frameworks
Brad Rourke

Learning Exchanges with Centers for Public Life
Alice Diebel and Randall Nielsen

A Public Voice: A Long-Running Experiment Bears Promising Fruit
David Holwerk

Reinventing Hampton
Connie Crockett

Learning Exchanges with Professional Organizations
Phillip D. Lurie

Public Learning in Public Schools: How Networks of Teachers and Public Partners Can Support Civic Learning
Libby Kingseed and Stacie Molnar-Main

Active Citizenry in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: A Case of Citywide Deliberation, Collective Acting, and Civic Capacity Building
Germán Ruiz and Ileana Marin

Online Deliberative Decision Making
Amy Lee

Folk Politics
Randall Nielsen

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-2013-citizens-in-democratic-politics/

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