Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts

Published Date : November 13, 2019

Produced in partnership with the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, this report argues Massachusetts will need the varied experience, expertise, and service of its diverse population in order to tackle the numerous and increasingly complex challenges that the future promises to hold. The analysis reveals four major structural forces that inhibit many residents from participating fully in state and local civic life. The authors review a comprehensive set of strategies to counter these forces, highlighting four with major potential.

This version was revised in January 2020 to include references to efforts in both the House and Senate to strengthen human resources and employment policies. The original version of the report inadvertently omitted notable progress in this area, particularly in the Massachusetts House.

Meet The Authors

Peter Levine

Academic Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Ben Forman

Research Director, MassINC

Laurel Bliss

Research Fellow, MassINC

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