A Strategy for Renewing Our Democracy
Kettering Foundation Press
Government of the people, by the people, for the people? Today, many have lost confidence not just in governments but in most institutions involved in governing the country, in fields from the media and public administration to education and health. And institutions have often lost confidence in the ability of citizens to govern themselves.
Maybe we ought to add another word to of, by, and for. Could we try governing more with the people, seeing them not just as voters and volunteers in good causes but also as citizens who are producers of much that makes life better for everyone? Producers generate their own power to make a difference when they act in collaboration with institutions and their professionals. And elected officials might begin to build a less contentious relationship with constituents if people were to see themselves as coproducers in governing the country.
David Mathews takes readers inside the government and other institutions to see where such collaboration has been possible and where barriers have stood in the way.
In the United States, we certainly aren't all alike, and we may not even like one another. Yet to have the future we want, we need one another. With is about recognizing the abilities and resources we already possess to act on that insight.