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What is politics without public participation?

What role do citizens play in the politics and policies of today?

This issue is at the heart of the analysis that Peter Levine provides in his blog post "The case for Nehemiahs." Levine reflects that "no policies can solve problems without public support and public participation" as he discusses Harry Boyte's November 16 Star Tribune editorial "Our passive society needs some new Nehemiahs." Levine compares Boyte's arguments to the ideas put forth by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in his November 16 column "Played for a sucker."

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs