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respigos e reflexões sobre o território e a sociedade

Os estranhos caminhos da democracia


«In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.»

 Martin Gilens and Benjamin J. Page LINK


«while many of US president Barack Obama’s plans have been blocked at the national level, they have been carried to completion within the governments of many major US cities»

Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect 


«I harbor no illusion that government and elected office is a panacea for all of society’s ills. I am intimately aware of the challenges and limitations of local office and understand that I cannot solve every problem that is facing my city from my city council purview. Still… local government and the political process are places ripe and ready for milllenials to assert themselves as stakeholders»


Michael Tubbs, a young congressman, Daily Beast article



Are Cities Laboratories for the Future of Democracy?