New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education volume 2012, issue 135, P15-23 2012 DOI: 10.1002/ace.20022 View full text
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Martín Carcasson, Leah Sprain

Abstract: 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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