The Nation
| by Dan Shea

Professor of Government Dan Shea wrote a piece, “Our Addiction to Elections is Killing American Democracy,” in which he advocates “embracing other avenues of political engagement” because “our democracy is in big trouble.” In the April 12 issue of The Nation, Shea summarizes America’s history of elections and momentous shifts in our democracy that have led to the point where elections no longer work, Shea says. “If elections no longer fuel the democratic process in the United States, are there other viable pathways of participation? Two mechanisms come to mind: online activism and group mobilization,” wrote Shea, who is also director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

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