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By Lee H. Hamilton
Center on Representative Government 

All of Us Need to Help Revitalize Our Democracy


Last updated 8/13/2020 at 12:07pm


Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy.

Concern over our system as a whole is palpable: that it has trouble responding to the country’s needs, is resistant to reform as society evolves, and continues to perpetuate inequality and social immobility.

Americans increasingly divide themselves into different, often warring, political and cultural camps. Some politicians, including the president, are bent on stoking division. Many play to...

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