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Is Democracy in Decline? Read What Catalyst Contributors Say

October 25, 2017 1 minute Read by William McKenzie
Is democracy in decline or danger? The Catalyst takes on this question in the fall edition.

 The fall edition of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute looks at the debate over the health of democracy in the U.S. and abroad. Some feel amidst their economic struggles that democracy doesn't deliver them a shot at a decent living. And surveys show a declining trust in institutions like business and the media.  Still others contend America has faced far more challenging moments, such as the Great Depression and world wars, and emerged a stronger nation. 

The Catalyst takes on the contours of this debate with contributions from leading policymakers, Bush Institute experts, and respected journalists. The list includes Condoleezza Rice, William Galston, and  Kenneth Hersh, and we are pleased that some of these pieces were prominently published in a recent Dallas Morning News Sunday Points section. 

After delving into this issue, please share your comments in the feedback sections, and subscribe for free at www.bushcenter.org/catalyst


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William McKenzie
William McKenzie

William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.

Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.

Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.

McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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