There are countless ways to document the currently troubled state of democracy in the United States. Whether one focuses on low voter turnout, distrust of democratic institutions, or the lack of civility displayed in Congress, town halls, or online forums, it seems clear that our democracy faces significant problems. As David Mathews (2009) has argued, these problems "of" democracy are distinct from the problems "in" democracy, such as poverty, unemployment, budget crises, and environmental concerns. At its b…
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