Democracy and Association

Democracy and Association

by Mark E. Warren, Mark E. Warren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691050775

ISBN-13: 9780691050775

Pub. Date: 10/23/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Tocqueville's view that a virtuous and viable democracy depends on robust associational life has become a cornerstone of contemporary democratic theory. Democratic theorists generally agree that issue networks, recreational associations, support circles, religious groups, unions, advocacy groups, and myriad other kinds of associations enhance democracy by

Overview

Tocqueville's view that a virtuous and viable democracy depends on robust associational life has become a cornerstone of contemporary democratic theory. Democratic theorists generally agree that issue networks, recreational associations, support circles, religious groups, unions, advocacy groups, and myriad other kinds of associations enhance democracy by cultivating citizenship, promoting public deliberation, providing voice and representation, and enabling varied forms of governance. Yet there has been little work to show how and why different kinds of association have different effects on democracy—many supportive but others minimal or even destructive.

This book offers the first systematic assessment of what associations do and don't do for democracy. Mark Warren explains how and when associational life expands the domain, inclusiveness, and authenticity of democracy. He looks at which associations are most likely to foster individuals' capacities for democratic citizenship, provoke political debate, open existing institutions, guide market activities, or bring democratic decision-making to new venues. Throughout, Warren also considers the trade-offs involved, noting, for example, that organizational solidarity can dampen internal dissent and deliberation even as it enhances public deliberation. Blending political and social theory with an eye to social science, Democracy and Association will draw social scientists with interests in democracy, political philosophers, students of public policy, as well as the many activists who fortify the varied landscape we call civil society. As an original analysis of which associational soils yield vigorous democracies, the book will have a major impact on democratic theory and empirical research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691050775
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii
Acknowledgments ix
Chapter One: Introduction 3
Chapter Two: Approaches to Association 17
For and against Theoretical Generalization 17
What Do We Want from Associational Life? 21
The Influence of the Tocquevtllian Paradigm 29
Beyond Tocqueville 31
A Note on Functionalist Language 37
Chapter Three: The Concept of Association 39
Hobbes and Locke: The Modern Concept of Association 40
Tocqueville: The Associational Democracy of Everyday Life 42
G. D. H. Cole: Association versus Community 43
Parsons: Three "Types of Operative Organization" 48
Associations versus Associational Relations 54
The Concept of Civil Society 56
Chapter Four: The Democratic Effects of Association 60
Democratic Self-Rule as Autonomy 62
Developmental Effects on Individuals 70
Public Sphere Effects 77
Institutional Effects 82
Chapter Five: The Associational Terrain: Distinctions That Make a Difference 94
Voluntary versus Nonvoluntary Association 96
The Constitutive Media of Association 109
Constitutive Goods of Association 123
Chapter Six: The Democratic Effects of Associational Types 134
Dimensions of Associational Types 134
More Points on the Logic of the Analysis 140
Developmental Effects 142
Public Sphere Effects 162
Institutional Effects 181
Chapter Seven: Conclusion: Democratic Associational Ecologies 206
Democratic Associational Ecologies 207
Agents of Democracy 216
Notes 227
Bibliography 253
Index 261

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