Values & Politics

"This culture of accepted cheating and lying tends to empower the people at the top and ... amplifies the inequality in our society, all of which has negative ramifications," says David Callahan, author of "The Cheating Culture." "It sort of moves us more toward Russia or Brazil...
07/19/2011
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Writing for the Massachusetts Municipal Advocate Magazine, Patrick Bresette explicates the causes of and solutions to the distrust in government so prevalent in our country.  “Negative views of government are indeed dominant, but these views are not as entrenched as many believe. There are...
07/13/2011
Publication
As former longtime New York Democratic legislator Richard Brodsky writes, this is all part of a grand strategy -- and one with significant downsides for the cause of economic justice (emphasis added): [Cuomo's strategy] is shrewd and insightful -- maybe. He has adopted the economic policies...
07/04/2011
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Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—gave a speech in June 2011 at the City Club of Cleveland outlining our work: trust in government, whose problem it is, and how we can change it.
06/21/2011
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In spite of the ostensible tidal wave of recent anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—reminds us that public support for the core functions of government still exist. “Contradictions in public opinion reveal...
06/12/2011
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Dianne Stewart (Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector) reminds us that “taxes are our contribution to something important that is bigger than we are.” Paying taxes is our way of ensuring that the quality of life we enjoy endures, in this way we are stewards of the common...
04/17/2011
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This is an overview of Public Works’ Talking about Government research findings. It includes brief descriptions of the stories and frames that shape public thinking and recommendations for communicating in ways that can help change public discourse about the role of government in our society. 
04/01/2011
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Reflecting on the current anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector— calls for a need to rebuild trust in government by rebuilding trust in each other: finding shared goals, identifying common purposes and...
03/03/2011
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