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When Facing Crisis, American Democracy has Always Risen to the Challenge

Upcoming book from MU author identifies crises facing American democracy and provides insight in how American democracy can recover.

 


ResearcherAlasdair Roberts, professor of public affairs and author of “Four Crises of Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation “puts the current American crisis in historical context, and highlights the long-term capacity of American democracy to adapt to new challenges.

Alasdair Roberts, professor of public affairs and author of “Four Crises of Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation “puts the current American crisis in historical context, and highlights the long-term capacity of American democracy to adapt to new challenges.
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Story posted: July 06, 2016

By: Sheena Rice

VIDEO: When Facing Crisis, American Democracy has Always Risen to the Challenge

COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year’s presidential race has been marked by growing concern about the health of American democracy.  Trust in government has plummeted, while many have condemned the system as broken and dysfunctional. Candidates and political pundits are quick to lament the current crisis; yet, few are able to define it or speak to how America can recover. In his upcoming book, “Four Crises of American Democracy,” Alasdair Roberts, professor of public affairs in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, puts the current crisis in historical context, and highlights the long-term capacity of political institutions to adapt to new challenges.