- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: August 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781316338179
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338179
Many citizens in the US and abroad fear that democratic institutions have become weak, and continue to weaken. Politics with the People develops the principles and practice of 'directly representative democracy' - a new way of connecting citizens and elected officials to improve representative government. Sitting members of Congress agreed to meet with groups of their constituents via online, deliberative town hall meetings to discuss some of the most important and controversial issues of the day. The results from these experiments reveal a model of how our democracy could work, where politicians consult with and inform citizens in substantive discussions, and where otherwise marginalized citizens participate and are empowered. Moving beyond our broken system of interest group politics and partisan bloodsport, directly representative reforms will help restore citizens' faith in the institutions of democratic self-government, precisely at a time when those institutions themselves feel dysfunctional and endangered.
James Druckman - Northwestern University, Illinois
Jane Mansbridge - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts
Bradford Fitch - President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation
Jason Altmire - Member of Congress (2007–13) and author of Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It
Deborah Pryce - Member of Congress (R-OH15, 1993–2009)
David Mathews - President, Kettering Foundation
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