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November 15 -- Is Government Doing Good: Policy Feedback Effects and the Civic Divide

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Now available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

November 15 -- Is Government Doing Good: Policy Feedback Effects and the Civic Divide

“There's a tremendous gap between public opinion and public policy.Noam Chomsky

We'll talk about new political science research into policy feedback effects and how public policy design affects people's sense of themselves as citizens and their propensity to participate. We'll take listener questions during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

Special Guests:

  • Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine

  • Don Moynihanthe McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
Key Topics:
  • The study of policy feedback effects seems to be a new area of political science research. Give us an overview of what people are talking about and what the research is teaching us.
  • How does this reflect on the political behavior of the America electorate?

  • Give us some examples on both sides, positive and negative feedbacks.
  • What are the implications for lawmakers? The practical applications?
  • How can this research be harnessed to create more effective public policy and more engaged citizens?
  • Is there a role for ordinary citizens and advocates in making new laws better? 
  • What can ordinary citizens do?
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July
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June
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May
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April
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March
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February
THE FREE PRESS AND A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY

January
CYBER ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY: Social Media, Fake News, and Voter Responsibility

November
ELECTION 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.