Volume 3, Issue 1 (2017) Democracy in Transition? Neighbor, nation and the politics of nowWith the drama created by and around this recent election cycle, it seems U.S. democracy and, in particular, the “respectability” of our political discourse, has shifted considerably and will likely continue to evolve in ways experts and amateurs are equally unable to predict. Some of the more divisive or difficult language may not be new to American politics, yet new technologies, alliances and polarities appear to be reshaping the landscape of participation. As the rules of engagement change, how do “we the people” express our opinions, advocate for our causes, and engage with our elected representatives and fellow citizens effectively? What do we hold in common, and how can we build on that to connect across differences? What in our values brings us together, and what drives us further apart? These complex and important questions were be at the heart of the 2017 Bridge/Work conference. The student papers published here were presented as part of the conference.
It’s Like Déjà vu All Over Again: Seismic Changes in the American Experiment
David King, Emily Owens, and Kylie Schreiber