5 Responses to “Retooling Democracy”

  1. Carmen Sirianni Says:

    My book, mentioned in Matt’s blog, Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance (Brookings Press, 2009), is available from Amazon as well (see link below). The one in the blog did not bring up the Brookings page.

    Carmen Sirianni, Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance (Brookings Institution Press, 2009): to order from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Investing-Democracy-Engaging-Collaborative-Governance/dp/0815703120/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233667024&sr=1-2

  2. Carmen Sirianni Says:

    Another great resource is Xavier de Sousa Briggs, Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe (MIT Press 2008), available at:


  3. John Kamensky Says:

    Hi Carmen — Let me fix the links on this. Thanks for the added resources!

  4. Norman M. Macdonald Says:

    The ideas are noble and they remind me of many of the ideas that were floating around during the reinventing government effort. A key element has been overlooked how do we get the rank and file Federal Civil Service to buy into the new effort. For eight years they have been starved for people and money while many of the innovative thinkers have been forced out. Now the future is bright and morale is on the rise this is a good time for the Federal Civil Service to a 360 degree evaluation on where it stands and what are the ground level needs. This would be an evaluation where everyone has a place at the table – this will gather interesting information and would be the buy in for the rank and file.

  5. Ed Says:

    It is nice that they are trying, but there is an implicit fail in the government *giving* participatory government to us. Democracy is not a top-down thing, and it cannot be brought about this way.

    Instead, I would invite readers to look at the many emerging bottom-up approaches involved in the Metagovernment project:
    and/or the many other similar projects:

    As long as we have to wait around hoping that democracy will be granted to us, we will never have it. We must bring it about. And now we have the tools to do so. No presidents required.

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