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?

“Democracy” translated is “self-rule.” According to the text of the United States Constitution, we, as a people, as a collective citizenry or public body, are the sovereign power. For sovereigns to rule, they must act. And good sovereigns must make sound decisions that will result in doing the things that serve the best interests of the public.

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:

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.

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One Response to “Kettering’s Research: What does it take for democracy to work as it should? Transpartisan Shift implications.”
  1. Devin says:

    It chaffs me when people fallaciously translate words and then offer their mistake as a real definition. Democracy does not mean “self-rule”, not even politically. It means, literally, power of the masses. Meaning that the demes, or the public/citizenry of the state, have direct control of the power. Obviously that’s not how modern democracies work, instead relying on representatives as per the Roman system of res publica. Neither of these things, though, amount to self-rule, but rather that the power to rule is derived from consent and voice of the public.

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