The Conversations of Democracy: Linking Citizens to American Government

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Overview

Democratic politics involves a series of multi-directional conversations. Effective conversations have the potential to engage, educate, and animate both citizens and governmental officials. On the individual level, discovering successful conversational strategies benefits both political and social interaction. This book offers guidelines for conducting effective conversations personally, politically, and beyond such that readers of this book are unlikely to ever again look at conversation in the same way. New technologies and social trends both challenge and potentially enhance traditional face-to-face and media dominated conversations. Understanding the state, quality and potential of political conversations provides a unique perspective for evaluating and potentially improving government “by the people.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594517549
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Frantzich is Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of Cyberage Politics 101: Mobility, Technology, and Democracy.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Politics and Democracy as Conversation 1

Chapter 2 Characteristics of a Good Conversation 13

Chapter 3 Conversational Strategies 25

Chapter 4 The Value of Conversation in a Democracy 53

Chapter 5 The Informational Requirements of a Good Conversation 66

Chapter 6 The Social Setting of Contemporary Conversation 103

Chapter 7 The Language of Political Conversation 130

Chapter 8 The New Technology of Conversation 147

Chapter 9 Institutionalized Conversation 170

Chapter 10 Beyond Talking 198

Notes 205

Index 223

About the Author 234

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