A strong American democracy must rest on the active practice of democracy at the local level. Unfortunately in America, much of the public’s attention focuses on national and especially presidential elections. A sizable portion of citizens only vote during Presidential elections.
It is argued that local school boards provide a key focal point for improving the practice of local democracy.
The Foundation for Educating Citizens for American Democracy is working to sponsor “Democracy Dialogues: A Program to Energize Citizens at the Community Level.”
Volunteers are sought for contributions to the content of this “Local Democracy” section of DEMOCRACY-CENTRAL.
- “The Ecology of Democracy”, David Matthews, 2014
- National League of Cities: Planning for a Stronger Local Democracy
- Local Democracy Bytes
- Kettering Foundation
- “Democracy Dialogues: A Handbook for Practitioners”, Bettye Pruitt & Philip Thomas, 2007
- “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government”, Gavin Newsom, 2013
- Key concepts
o Participatory Democracy
o Deliberative Democracy
o Grass roots democracy
o Open-source governance
- Current Books
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