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of the Center for American Political Responsiveness and the Center for Democratic Deliberation, Penn State’s Democracy Institute aims to:

  • productively engage citizens in the political process and public life
  • examine the economy, interest groups, and electoral pressures sway politicians and shape public policy
  • reinvigorate a spirit of civic engagement and political participation
  • equip citizens for robust and ethical deliberation on important public issues, like health care reform and environmental regulation
  • discover ways to make government more responsive to important public concerns
Penn State Democracy Institute Information
Through teaching, creative research projects, and public programs, the Democracy Institute helps Penn State students to become more thoughtful voters and engaged citizens, so our graduates can help us find the best solutions to the challenging problems we now face.
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