Democracy in Action
I have had the opportunity to observe democracy at work in other countries, and am very interested in more such experiences. As a member of Students for Solidarity and Democracy in Eastern Europe, I visited Poland during the transition from communism. It was an exciting time as people debated whether a "third way" could be found between capitalism and socialism and the country opened to foreign investment and influences. In 1993 I observed the election where New Zealand adopted the Mixed Member Proportional system of voting. The United States is a great democracy, but we can always do better, and there are things we can learn from other countries, even as they learn from our example.
In addition to my projects on presidential campaigns, my
longest running endeavor is
the Campaign Literature
library of campaign literature from all U.S. Senate and
gubernatorial races going back to 1989; I've also gathered materials
from many U.S. House races. One of my long-term goals is to
analyze these materials across election cycles. It will be
instructive to see how campaign
literature is evolving and what the differences are from cycle to
If I can be of assistance or if you can offer any support or
materials that would be of use
to any of these
endeavors please feel free to contact me.