The legitimacy of many democratic institutions and elected officials has deteriorated in the eyes of the electorate and as a result, the legitimacy of the democracy at large is at risk.
This post is about my experience attending a New Haven Aldermanic Education Committee meeting regarding the welfare of Puerto Rican student refugees in New Haven as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Even months after Hurricane Maria left widespread devastation in Puerto Rico, displaced Puerto Rican students and their families are arriving in Connecticut in search of aid and stability.
Reflections on the role of grassroots politics in driving democratic erosion.
The city of New Haven's Board of Alders is comprised of representatives from the city's 30 Wards. The dynamics of Alders' negotiations and debates, which occur in both public and private meetings, reveal systematic threats to political transparency and public accessibility that are likely ...
The issues associated with a winner-take-all electoral system can result in intense polarization, as seen in New Haven.
In this instance of democratic exchange, New Haven community members are successful in voicing there concerns about the welfare of Puerto Rican families and evoking a response from local government.
New Haven's local government provides a shining example of representation, but could suffer from a lack of transparency in the political decision making process.
New Haven's legislative agenda reflects activists' call for a public hearing urging the city to divest from Wells Fargo.
At a New Haven Board of Alders meeting, speed and efficiency took precedence over real public discourse.