Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public / Edition 1

Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public / Edition 1

by Matthew A. Crenson, Thomas Stanton
     
 

In Downsizing Democracy, Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg describe how the once powerful idea of a collective citizenry has given way to a concept of personal, autonomous democracy. Today, political change is effected through litigation, lobbying, and term limits, rather than active participation in the political process, resulting in narrow special

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In Downsizing Democracy, Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg describe how the once powerful idea of a collective citizenry has given way to a concept of personal, autonomous democracy. Today, political change is effected through litigation, lobbying, and term limits, rather than active participation in the political process, resulting in narrow special interest groups dominating state and federal decision-making. At a time when an American's investment in the democratic process has largely been reduced to an annual contribution to a political party or organization, Downsizing Democracy offers a critical reassessment of American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878862
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Ch. 1From Popular to Personal Democracy1
Ch. 2The Rise and Fall of the Citizen20
Ch. 3Elections without Voters47
Ch. 4The Old Patronage and the New80
Ch. 5Disunited We Stand106
Ch. 6From Masses to Mailing Lists122
Ch. 7The Jurisprudence of Personal Democracy152
Ch. 8Movement without Members182
Ch. 9Privatizing the Public198
Ch. 10Does Anyone Need Citizens?234
Notes245
Index285

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