The Democratic Disconnect and Political Reform

May 30, 2013
posted by Bob Bauer
The Democratic Disconnect: this is title of a report produced for the Transatlantic Academy by scholars who describe a critical breach in the relationship of citizen to government. Seyla Benhabib et al, The Democratic Disconnect (May 2013), They argue that around the world, the US included, "democracy is in trouble" as governments fail to answer to their citizens who respond with a deepening lack of trust and withdrawal from traditional channels of political engagement. Id. at 3. The urgent need is for "fairer and fuller citizen participation," a revival of civic engagement from the "bottom-up." Id. at 5, 118.