A Different Kind of State? Popular Power and Democratic Administration

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A large factor in the appeal of neo-conservative in the early 1980s was its sustained attack on the welfare state. Even those most dependent on public services were frustrated by a system that allowed them no say in decisions directly affecting their lives. A decade later, the alternative offered by the new right-free market competition-has only deepened the need for effective state assistance. The solution must lie not in privatizing the public sector, but in making it more responsive; the real issue is not more...

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Overview

A large factor in the appeal of neo-conservative in the early 1980s was its sustained attack on the welfare state. Even those most dependent on public services were frustrated by a system that allowed them no say in decisions directly affecting their lives. A decade later, the alternative offered by the new right-free market competition-has only deepened the need for effective state assistance. The solution must lie not in privatizing the public sector, but in making it more responsive; the real issue is not more state or less state, but rather a different kind of state. The twenty contributors to this book share the experiences they have gained in various contemporary political experiments and popular movements, in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States, that have attempted to expand citizen involvement and democratic administrative practices within the public sector.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195409079
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I Popular Power and Democratic Administration
1 A Different Kind of State? 2
2 Democratic Citizenship and the Future of Public Management 17
II Beyond the Welfare State: Popular Planning and Democracy
3 Creating a Developmental State: Reflections on Policy as Process 36
4 Transforming the 'Fordist' State 51
5 Reforming the Welfare State: The American Experience 66
6 Citizenship and Civil Society: Redressing Undemocratic Features of the Welfare State 75
7 Capture or Co-management: Democracy and Accountability in Regulatory Agencies 87
8 Democracy and Ecology: Envisioning a Transition to a Green Economy 101
III Agencies for Democratization: Social Movements and Public Employees
9 A New Kind of Knowledge for a New Kind of State 112
10 Social Movements and the State: Presentation and Representation 122
11 Social Movements and the American State: Legal Mobilization as a Strategy for Democratization 131
12 Public-Sector Unions and the Possibilities for Democratic Administration in the US 144
13 Democratizing the Local State: Issues for Feminist Practice and the Representation of Women 155
14 Political Education for Democratic Administration 165
IV Paradoxes of Power: Canada's Social Democratic Experience
15 Moving Beyond the Limited Democracy of Social Democracy 173
16 Democratizing Economic Policy Formulation: The Manitoba Experience 186
17 Public Participation in Welfare: The Winnipeg Child and Family Services System 195
18 Public-Sector Unions and the Prospects for Democratic Reform under the Ontario NDP 208
19 Social Movements and the NDP Government of Ontario 219
20 Putting Democratic Administration on the Political Agenda 229
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