In Does American Democracy Still Work? Alan Wolfe identifies the current political conditions that endanger the quality of our democracy. He describes how politics has changed, and calls for a democracy protection movement designed to preserve our political traditions not unlike the environmental protection movement’s efforts to safeguard the natural world. Voters who know little about issues, leaders who bend rules with little fear of reprisal, and political parties that are losing the ability to mobilize citizens have all contributed to a worrisome new politics of democracy. Wolfe concludes that Americans need to understand the danger that their indifference poses and take public policy matters more seriously.
Alan Wolfe, Professor of political science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College and author of “Does American Democracy Still Work?”
Neera Tanden, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Center for American Progress