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Civic Agency and the Cult of the Expert

November 1, 2009

Reviews dominant models of thought that value disciplinary knowledge over the civic and moral authority of non-academic, community-based knowledge. Calls for developing people's and communities' capacities to organize, solve problems, and sustain agency.

Public Thinking About Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need

June 18, 2009

Summarizes discussions from the 2008 National Issues Forums held nationwide on the public's views on the U.S. healthcare system, the factors behind rising costs, and proposed solutions. Outlines areas of consensus as well as reservations about reforms.

The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future

March 1, 2008

Analyzes discussions from National Issues Forums to assess how the public defines the energy problem, what it sees as the causes and solutions, where confusion and tensions over the energy problem lie, and why there is no consensus on how to resolve it.