Democracies require citizens to accept policies they may disagree with, leaders they did not vote for, and government aiding citizens whose realities and perspectives are quite different from their own. Some scholars argue that a strong sense of loyalty to the nation is necessary to motivate citizens to cooperate in those ways, whereas others worry that that same loyalty instead may lead citizens to interpret their needs in narrow and exclusive ways.
This third event in the Future of Democracy Series will explore the kinds of national identities that foster democratic cooperation rather than undermine it.
Participants will learn about the ways in which government policies around inclusion can foster a uniquely democratic sense of national belonging and, in turn, strengthen the trust of citizens in their government and in each other.
Video: Future of Democracy Series: National Identity and the Challenges of Democratic Cooperation
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- Francesca Polletta, Chancellor's Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
- Ron Levi, Professor, Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Sociology; Distinguished Professor, Global Justice; Director, Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Daniel Jean, Distinguished Fellow, Canada School of Public Service; Former National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada