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ERIC Number: EJ1139457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Reference Count: 27
Commentary: The Failure of Social Education or Just Going down the Road of Post-Democratic Politics?
Journal of Social Science Education, v16 n1 p17-20 Spr 2017
The paper "American democracy is distress: The failure of social education" presents several "symptoms of democracy's dysfunction in the United States". These include the extreme reliance on campaign contributions, giving the donors--economic elites and groups representing business, frequently operating at a transnational level--an excessive power in determining government policy in areas such as the environment, media or fiscal regulations, as profusely exemplified in the paper. At the same time, policies impose restrictions on citizens' rights in areas such as voting, healthcare or employment. In this sense, the power gap between citizens and economic elites in the form of a global capital is growing and, as it goes undisputed and unchallenged, menaces the core of democracy itself. This is a paper worth reading. Not only does it present an argument--and this is something to be praised and cherished--but it also sustains its argument on a sound and systematic analysis of documents and research. As such, this is not a trivial paper. The data, analysis and argument the author develops call for our attention and challenges us to reflect on whether and how the situation described for the US resonates with the situation of those currently living in Europe.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democracy, Citizen Participation, Foreign Countries, Political Power, Political Issues, Politics of Education, Political Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; United States