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Research Reports

Patterns and Determinants of Civility in Online Discussions
Final Report to the National Institute for Civil Discourse   Kate Kenski, Kevin Coe, and Steve Rains University of Arizona October 13, 2012     Overview   Civility is a principle intimately tied to the American experiment—an ideal that speaks to the “the fundamental tone and practice of democracy” (Herbst, 2010, p. 3). Indeed, a commitment to civil discourse—the free and respectful exchange of different ideas—has been viewed as central to the effective practice of democracy from the ancient Athenian forums to the founding of America to our nation’s most recent debates about various political... Read More