Parties & The Public
CPN is a nonpartisan and pluralist network. But civic renewal is the responsibility of politicians and political groups as well. We encourage elected office holders, parties, and candidates to engage in a more fruitful dialogue on how to enhance citizen participation and community capacities for problem solving, and what this might mean for existing programs and policy making. We urge them to talk about stories in their districts and cases on CPN.
"We cannot reinvent government unless we also reinvent citizenship."
This section provides discussion of civic renewal by those from political organizations and journals.
Rebuilding Civil Society
A symposium from The New Democrat, volume 7, number 2 March/April 1995.
The New Citizenship by Will Marshall.
Redefining the relationship between government and the governed.
The Search for Civil Society by Benjamin Barber.
Can we restore the middle ground between government and markets?
Up From the Ashes by Sarah Jackson-Han.
How private housing emerged from the rubble of Brooklyn and the South Bronx.
Power to the People by Sara Jackson-Han.
The Wisconsin media are arming citizens with the information they need to demand accountability.
The Good Work by Harry Boyte and Nancy Kari.
Improving one's community goes to the heart of what it means to be a citizen.
Are You Being Served? by Ed Kilgore.
Despite positive early grades, Americorps feels heat from the right.
Views from the Politicians
This section contains speeches, writings and interviews on these themes by elected office holders and candidates, as well as scholarly studies.
America's Challenge: Revitalizing Our National Community
A speech by Senator Bill Bradley to the National Press Club, February 9, 1995.
Politics from the Politicians' Perspective
An excerpt from Politics for People: Finding a Responsible Public Voice by David Mathews, 1994. This book describes how people become politically engaged, how they build civic communities, and how they generate political energy or public will. This particular section details how things were supposed to be, how "We, the People" became "They, the Government," and what happens when officials need the public.