ANNUAL REPORT 2012

Contributing to a Stronger American Democracy

American Democracy in Trouble

Observers from across the political spectrum have decried the current state of America’s politics. Strident and partisan discourse, a deadlocked Congress, and short-term thinking are among the common complaints.

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The Need for Electoral Reform

MacArthur has explored ways to strengthen our democracy with leading thinkers and practical, on-the-ground actors. We focused on the role of money in campaigns and its ultimate impact on policymaking and our system of voting, particularly the right to vote and the modernization of voting systems.

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The Voting Public

Too many students, particularly in large urban school systems, are not being adequately equipped for the responsibilities of citizenship. MacArthur is helping to shape a new movement that aims to transform both how young people learn and how our institutions of learning operate – and to enable young people to become more active participants in society.

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America's Promise

MacArthur hopes to make a contribution to a more responsive and effective government in this country and in doing so, to improve the life chances of Americans, strengthen U.S. global credibility, and build a future worthy of America’s promise.

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