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1 Promoting Informed Civic Engagement: the Significance of the Cognitive Climate

2 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

3 2012: Two Ignored Issues of Consequence

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5 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

6 Two Cognitive Environmental Problems 1.Cultural toxicity 2.Affective poverty

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11 Two Cognitive Environmental Problems 1.Cultural toxicity 2.Affective poverty

12 Public Support for Campaign Finance Reform

13 Interest in Campaign Finance Reform Issue Importance Rank

14 Cultural Cognition & Campaign Finance Reform

15 Narrative Framing

16 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

17 Narrative Framing

18 Two Cognitive Environmental Problems 1.Cultural toxicity 2.Affective poverty

19 Uncontaminated Cognitive Environment

20 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

21 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

22 National elections should be the occasion for informed public engagement with policy issues of the greatest consequence. But they frequently aren’t. Informed public engagement with any issue depends on the quality of the cognitive climate surrounding it. Supporters of informed public engagement should use evidence-based initiatives to secure a favorable cognitive climate for issues of consequence. And they should start NOW. Promoting Informed Civic Engagement Premise: Proposition: Explanation: Prescription:

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