I've collected some recent thoughts under the heading
Does it Mean to be Civic?" (March 16, 2004).
When I was deputy director of the National
Commission on Civic Renewal, I developed an Index of National Civic
Health (or INCH) that showed the following troubling trend (click here
My recommendations for improving U.S. civil society include civic (or
public) journalism (go to article),
stronger unions, tax reform, civic education, and other ideas that are
described in my book, The New Progressive
Here are some other relevant articles that you can read online:
Internet and Civil Society," Report from the Institute
for Philosophy & Public Policy, Volume 20, Number 4, Fall 2000.
from the Brooklyn Museum Controversy," Report from the
Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy, Volume 20, Number
2/3, Summer 2000
Edwards, Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st
Century," book review in the IDEA Newsletter, May
Practical About Deliberative Democracy," The Report from
the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Fall 1999
- "The Legitimacy of Labor Unions"
Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence" (with William A.
Galston), The Brookings Review, vol. 15, no. 4 (Fall 1997), pp.
23-26. This article is reprinted in E.J. Dionne, Jr., editor, Community
Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (Washington: Brookings
Institution Press, 1998), pp. 30-36.