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Higher Education Exchange

The Higher Education Exchange is an annual publication from the Kettering Foundation that serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share. The Higher Education Exchange is founded on a thought articulated by Thomas Jefferson in 1820: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not […] (continue)

Connections

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. Find the latest issue of Connections: http://kettering.org/read-watch-listen/periodicals/connections/ (continue)

Could Random Selection and Deliberative Democracy Revitalize Politics in the 21st Century?

The practice of using representative samples in decision making in contemporary political regimes creates an opening for re-establishing sortition (making decisions or filling offices by drawing lots). The diversity that sortition adds to political procedures helps reinforce democratic legitimacy. In author Yves Sintomer’s view, we could even introduce sortition into elections. Here’s an excerpt from this interesting paper by Yves Sintomer… Having vanished for centuries, sortition now seems to be returning to the world of practical politics. [1] Recent experience in Iceland illustrates this. After […] (continue)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are […] (continue)

Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology

The Kettering Foundation’s soon-to-be-released book, Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology, brings together recent and cutting-edge political theory scholarship on deliberative democracy. Edited by Derek Barker, Noelle McAfee, and David McIvor, the collection reframes deliberative democracy to be sensitive to the deep conflicts, multiple forms of communication, and aspirations for civic agency that characterize real public deliberation. In so doing, the book addresses many of the most common challenges to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy. Here’s what NCDD member Katherine Cramer Walsh (University of Wisconsin-Madison) says about the […] (continue)

Connections 2010: The Role of Civic Organizations

Connections is a yearly periodical published by the Kettering Foundation featuring articles devoted to a specific 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 2010 edition shares “the role of Civic Organizations in today’s society.” Below is an excerpt from the introduction… Kettering’s annual review of its research in 2009-2010 has looked into what Alexis de Tocqueville […] (continue)

Connections 2009: Democracy & Economic Change

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 2009 edition shares studies related to “Democracy and Economic Change“.  Below is an excerpt from the introduction… Early on in its research, the Kettering Foundation recognized that politics has to be studied in light […] (continue)

Connections 2008: Focus on Communities

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 2008 edition shares studies related to “democracy as seen from the perspective of communities“.  Below is an excerpt from the introduction… As is the custom, this issue of Connections reports on our review of […] (continue)

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 […] (continue)

Connections – Summer 2006: A Review of KF Research

Connections is a yearly (previously biannual) 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 Summer 2006 edition shares “A Review of Kettering Foundation Research“.  Below is an excerpt from the introduction… Reviews normally end with conclusions—often definite ones like this movie wasn’t any good but that […] (continue)

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