Government bureaucracy often creates administrative burdens – obstacles to navigating government – that we don’t normally see or talk much about. These obstacles can have big effects on how we interact with government or even access public information. Sometimes these obstacles are important (the IRS has to protect citizen’s identities!), but other times they are a result of outdated systems – or worse, intentional barriers created to make policies, benefits, or information less accessible. Learning strategies for recognizing and over-coming these barriers are an important feature for growing democracy and getting government to work for you.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Casey Boyd–Swan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kent State University, and Joe Mead, Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.