Colleges conduct research on democracy of Town Meeting Day
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Students from colleges around Vermont took part in Town Meeting Day this week in order to see if the meetings were fairly democratic.
The survey conducted Tuesday by students at Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and the University of Vermont aims to measure attendance, participation and the level of democracy at town meetings. Vermont Public Radio reports it is a restart of a UVM project with the same goals that ended in 2013 after UVM political science professor Frank Bryan’s retirement.
Tuesday’s survey found that the town of Belvidere was the most democratic, with nearly 72 percent of the attendees participating.
UVM researcher Richard Watts says smaller towns in general have historically been more democratic, and research this year supports that trend.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net