Public Discourse in a Democracy:
My research this summer has taken me on an exploration of where democracy is working, where and why it is not working, and what that all looks like. The findings have led me to focus primarily on the power of community and social capital and how these basic foundations lay the fertile ground for democracy. Through readings, observations of public meetings, and interviews with local leaders and state representatives I have concluded that dialogue and building relationships are central to preserving the democratic process.
Faculty Mentor: Judy Whipps
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