Strengthening Democracy Agenda

A United Agenda for Democratic Reform

Report CoverThe Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy was developed by a diverse group of thinkers, advocates, and academics, who came together from across the fields of electoral reform, deliberative democracy and community development. Together, we represent a vibrant emerging movement for a stronger democracy.

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The Agenda is comprised of an exciting set of recommendations to strengthen democracy in America. We believe the Agenda will build on the incredible participation we have seen during this election season by providing a real voice for every American in our governance process. Together these recommendations will transform the relationship between citizens and their government.

Three Key Proposals

The Agenda includes three primary elements:

1. Establish a White House Office on Civic Engagement and Make an Institutional Commitment to Greater Participation

Establish an institutional commitment to participation through the creation of a White House Office that serves as a champion for participation in the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government and an Inter-Agency Council that fosters greater collaboration and participation among Federal Agencies.

2. Convene National Discussions to Provide Citizens with a Voice in the Policy Making Process and Build Capacity for Greater Participation at All Levels

Provide the public with a greater voice in national policy making by supporting the convening of national discussions on critical policy issues. The national discussions may address specific policy questions that are being addressed by Congress or broader issues that require action at multiple levels of American society. Specific provisions will ensure that public priorities are responded to by the Federal government.

3. Adopt Policy Reforms for Increasing Participation in Public Life

Advance a package of policy reforms to increase participation that includes a law that enables greater civic engagement in Federal agency policymaking and electoral reform legislation.

Campaign for Stronger Democracy

The two Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy Conferences led to the creation of the Campaign for Stronger Democracy.