The Public Sphere
The idea of a public is essential to a democracy. Specifically, the public is a space where citizens can discuss what the government should do, reach conclusions, and then hold the government accountable. The idea of the public has been key to democratic governance since people first decided to take seriously the need to keep rulers from having unchecked power in society. This public can include what, in the US, are government institutions such as Congress and the Judicial court cases. It can also include civil society organizations that attempt to influence how government processes work. People have even explored how the interactions of people in public spaces like bars, cafes, barber shops, and social media have an indirect influence on how the government operates (or doesn’t).
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