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The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship has created a variety of print and video materials to support the theoretical and practical work of democracy. Contact the center at to order books, pamphlets and DVDs.

Resources on Civic Agency

Cognitive Psychology and Executive Function:

Adele Diamond and Kathleen Lee.  “Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4 to 12 Years Old.”  Science 333, 959 (2011);

Philip David Zelazo and Stephanie M. Carlson.  “Hot and Cool Executive Function in Childhood and Adolescence: Development and Plasticity.”  Child Development Perspectives, (2012) Volume 6: 354–360.

Stephanie M. Carlson.  “Development of Conscious Control and Imagination,” in Free Will and Consciousness (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Philip Zelazo. The development of conscious control in childhood. Trends in Cognitive SciencesVol.8 No.1 January 2004

Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci. Self-Determination Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being.  American Psychologist. (2000)  Vol. 55, No. 1, 68-78

Ellen Galinsky, Mind in the Making:  The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs (Harper Collins, 2010)

On Civic Agency, Civic Science, and Higher Education:

Mustafa Emirbayer and Ann Mische. What Is Agency?  American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 103, No. 4 (January 1998), pp. 962-1023

Harry Boyte. A Different Kind of Politics: John Dewey and the Meaning of Citizenship in the 21st Century.  The Good Society, Volume 12, Number 2, 2003, pp. 1-15

Tufts University Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – What is Civic Studies?

Peter Levine, “From Soft Skills to Civic Agency” blogpost  (April 1, 2015)

* Peter Levine, The Case for Civic Studies, in Peter Levine and Karol Sołtan, eds. Civic Studies  (Washington, DC)

John P. Spencer, “Reflections of a Civic Scientist,” in Democracy’s Education:  Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities, ed. Harry C. Boyte (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015)

Albert W Dzur, “The Democratic Roots of Academic Professionalism,” in Democracy’s Education

Adele Diamond, et al., “Interventions Shown to Aid Development in Executive Function of Children,” Science 333:959 (2011)

Harry Boyte, Stephanie Carlson, et al., “A Call to Action:  Civic Science and the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century,”  a white paper for the civic science workshop hosted by the National Science Foundation (October 2014)

A Crucible Moment:  College Learning and Democracy’s Future (Washington, D.C.: AACU, 2012)

John Dewey, “Creative Democracy:  The Task Before Us,” in John Dewey The Later Works, 1925-1953, vol. 14 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998)

Harry Boyte, “Reinventing Citizenship as Public Work,” in Democracy’s Education: A Symposium on Power, Public Work, and the Meaning of Citizenship, ed. Harry C. Boyte (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014.)

Elinor Ostrom. Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems.  The American Economic Review, Vol. 100, No. 3 (JUNE 2010), pp. 641-672

Mary G. Dietz “The Slow Boring of Hard Boards”: Methodical Thinking and the Work of Politics. American Political Science Review, Vol. 88, No. 4 (Dec., 1994), pp. 873-886.

Stephen Vassallo.  “Critical Pedagogy and Neoliberalism: Concerns with Teaching Self-Regulated Learning.” Studies in the Philosophy of Education (2013) 32:563–580.

Aaron Schultz. “Power and Trust in the Public Realm: John Dewey, Saul Alinsky, and the limits of Progressive Democratic Education.” Educational Theory (2011) 61: 491-512. and Harry Boyte’s response “Community Organizing and the Next Stage of Democracy” [online] at