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Maryland Democracy Initiative

Building A Better Democracy for All!

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What Does It Take to Sustain Democracy?

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Who We Are

The Initiative combines and leverages the skills of its four core colleges and Maryland’s public, land-grant university.

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What We Do

Innovative, interdisciplinary, community-centered research, teaching, learning, and civic engagement.

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Where We Begin

We start with the hypothesis, based on research and the knowledge of our fields, that people require five capacities to participate in a healthy democracy.

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The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.

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Maryland Democracy Initiative is a Grand Challenge Award Recipient

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