The Future of Arizona Democracy

The Future of Arizona Democracy is an annual series focusing on the challenges confronting Arizona's democracy. Each year, a panel of experts examines the state’s governance, the 48th state's legacy of constitutional powers and responsibilities, the delicate balance between representative and direct democracy in ensuring a system of government that is of, by, and for the people that works to enhance liberty and opportunity for all. It is the result of a partnership between The Arizona Junior Fellows, a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, and ASU's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

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About the Arizona Junior Fellows program

The Arizona Junior Fellows Program was founded by Eileen I. Klein, who is the 35th treasurer of Arizona, former chief of staff to Governor Janice K. Brewer, and president emerita of the Arizona Board of Regents. Klein is the advisor to the program.

Joe Pitts is the first program director for the Arizona Junior Fellows program, and Stephen Matter is a 2020-2021 Arizona Junior Fellow. Both are pursuing undergraduate degrees at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. AZ Chamber Junior Fellows on the project also include Taylor Hersch (Business Law and Global Politics), and Diego Píña (Political Science).

Past events

Watch our first event in the series, hosted in the spring of 2021:

Is Arizona’s Initiative Process Ripe for Reform?

Watch our second event in the series, hosted in the Fall of 2021: 

Future of Arizona Democracy: Balancing Ballot Access and Accuracy?