Kettering’s Research: What does it take for democracy to work as it should? Transpartisan Shift implications.
Participating in our democracy is many things, from depressing to exhilarating. It is fascinating to study, observe and discern how to improve or transform our democracy (the parts that are toxic or breaking down). The Kettering Foundation has done some thinking on this. Happy to see that the Transpartisan Alliance innitiatives are in step with these 3 key understandings. Click Here or on the title to go to Kettering’s web-site. Walt
What does it take for democracy to work as it should?
But democracies face perennial challenges to working as they should. As an operating research foundation, the Kettering Foundation asks its partners how citizens can address these challenges.
Three Core Hypotheses
Through our research, Kettering has developed three hypotheses that guide the questions we are asking. Our workshops and experiments test the propositions that democracy requires:
- Citizens who as “sovereigns” can make sound decisions about public issues
- Citizens who can act together to deal with their problems, beginning in their communities
- Citizens who can align the work of the institutions created to serve them with work done through civic initiatives
If our hypotheses are correct, no one of these requirements is sufficient without the other two. All three fit together in a way that allows our democracy to work as it should.