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New Article Suggests a Change in the Relationship Between Citizens and Public Officials

Matt Leighninger, senior associate at the Study Circles Resource Center, published an op-ed in the July 13 Christian Science Monitor asking party leaders to take note of the changing relationship between citizens and government on key public issues, such as homeowner protection, budgeting processes, and family-driven schools. “We seem to be moving toward a different kind of system, in which working directly with citizens may be just as important as representing their interests,” says Steve Burkholder, mayor of Lakewood, Colo. Leighninger continues by saying, “…the next generation of national campaign issues may emerge from these new ways of giving people what they want.” To read the article, visit www.csmonitor.com/2005/0713/p09s02-coop

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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