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How to Save Democracy – Bloomberg

By many measures, U.S. political institutions are in trouble. Here are three ways to help.
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Political scientist Jennifer Victor has three suggestions to strengthen democracy: She asks everyone to vote, to build community and to read. Great suggestions, and an excellent topic.

But I’m not sure I agree with her that the ways to build democracy are either very large — she talks about system-level reforms such as changing the way that members of the House are apportioned — or very small. Healthy democracy in the U.S., when it works, is participatory; while American citizens don’t have a particularly strong record of voting, they do tend to actively engage in politics more than people in most other large democracies do. So I think I’ll recommend slightly more involved, and more explicitly political, actions for folks who want to support democracy but don’t quite know where to start.