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Representative Democracy in America: Voices of the People is a national project designed to reinvigorate and educate Americans about the critical relationship between government and the people it serves. The project introduces citizens, particularly young people, to the representatives, institutions, and processes that serve to realize the goal of a government of, by, and for the people.

The Alliance Speaks

Comments on Congress

Drawing upon his 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lee Hamilton writes a bi-weekly column on Congress — sometimes explaining why Congress works the way it does or explaining its impact, other times suggesting ways Congress could be improved or reformed. 


Republic or Representative Democracy?

That is the question that Karl Kurtz discusses in the NCSL Thicket blog. The two terms are interchangeable in that both refer to the political system through which citizens govern themselves through those they elect.

Campaign to Promote Civic Education

The Campaign to Promote Civic Education effort is a fifty-state campaign (including the District of Columbia) aimed at restoring the civic mission of our nation’s schools by encouraging states and school districts to devote sustained and systematic attention to civic education from kindergarten through twelfth grade.