If only we knew … how to strengthen the connection between citizens and their elected representatives

By David Lazer (pronounced as if it were Lazar), Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University; Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks; Director, Program on Networked Governance, Harvard University

The foundation of our democracy is the relationship between citizens and their elected representatives. The complexity of policy and the scale of legislative districts is a challenge to that relationship; however, the Internet in principle offers a means for energizing a reciprocal consultative process between representatives and represented. Unfortunately, to date this is still more potential than reality.

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