KF News and Ideas

Nelson Mandela: His Legacy to Democracy

Our South African colleague reflects on Mandela's legacy.

Welcome to Beyond the Polls

Welcome to Beyond the Polls, our regular commentary on what Americans are thinking about pivotal issues our country and communities face.

Is There Really a Generation Gap on Social Security?

Are the views and preferences of younger and older Americans really at odds when it comes to Social Security? What do polls show, and what happens when Americans of all ages have a chance to talk together about this issue?

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Former Governor William Winter Speak to Statewide Shaping Our Future Conference

College presidents, deans, & administrators from throughout Mississippi participated in NIF Shaping Our Future forums

David Holwerk at Rhodes University: What is a Citizen?

Holwerk talks with students and faculty about Kettering's research on journalism and civic life.

Divided We Fail: Are Leaders and Citizens Talking Past Each Other on Higher Education?

An interim report on the 2013 National Issues Forums prepared for the board of the National Issues Forums Institute.

Kettering Conversations: Duran Angiki Ponders the Changing Nature of Journalism

Research Assistant Jack Becker sits down to talk with Duran Angiki about journalism, technology, politics, and perseverance.

Taking Action for Stronger Public Engagement

While both public decision making and government transparency are crucial to democracy, the public meetings designed to accomplish this often don't meet the needs of either citizens or public officials.

A Public Voice 2013: Framing the Public Deliberation on Budget Issues

On June 5, Washington policymakers and representatives from the deliberative democracy network will meet at the National Press Club for a working meeting.

Do Partisan Elites Polarize the Public?

KF research associate David McIvor recently analyzed a paper in the American Political Science Review that asks whether partisan-polarized environments can affect how citizens come to judge public issues.