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Shifting Bases of Representation
Shifting bases of representation

Americans feel they have lost control of their government. Indeed, they no longer regard it as their government, serving their interests, but rather as a government of others serving special interests. For many members of the public in states across the nation, even the legislative branch of government, designed to be closest to the people, is no longer considered democratic.

The irony of this perception is that government, the first branch in particular, has in recent years become more, not less, democratic. “While Americans feel increasingly powerless, cynical, and frustrated about government,” writes Lawrence Grossman, “the distance between the governed and those who govern is actually shrinking dramatically.”1 If by democracy we mean, among other things, rule by the ...

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