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Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age

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Since its appearance twenty years ago, Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy has been one of the primary standards against which political science thinking and writing is measured. Defined as the participation of all of the people in at least some aspects of self government at least some of the time, Strong Democracy offers liberal society a new way of thinking about and practicing democracy. Barber argues that an excess of liberalism has undermined our democratic institutions and brought about the set of crises ...
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Overview

Since its appearance twenty years ago, Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy has been one of the primary standards against which political science thinking and writing is measured. Defined as the participation of all of the people in at least some aspects of self government at least some of the time, Strong Democracy offers liberal society a new way of thinking about and practicing democracy. Barber argues that an excess of liberalism has undermined our democratic institutions and brought about the set of crises we still find ourselves struggling against: cynicism about voting, alienation, privatization, and the growing paralysis of public institutions. In a new preface Barber looks at the past twenty years an restates his argument, which seems, sadly, more pressing than ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520051157
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Benjamin R. Barber is Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and Director of the New York office of The Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of Fear's Empire: Terrorism, War and Democracy (2003) and Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World (1995).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface to the 1990 Edition
Preface to the 1984 Edition
Pt. I Thin Democracy: The Argument against Liberalism
1 Thin Democracy: Politics as Zookeeping 3
2 The Preconceptual Frame: Newtonian Politics 26
3 The Epistemological Frame: Cartesian Politics 46
4 The Psychological Frame: Apolitical Man 67
5 Thin Democracy in the Twentieth Century: The Potential for Pathology 93
Pt. II Strong Democracy: The Argument for Citizenship
6 Strong Democracy: Politics as a Way of Living 117
7 A Conceptual Frame: Politics in the Participatory Mode 139
8 Citizenship and Participation: Politics as Epistemology 163
9 Citizenship and Community: Politics as Social Being 213
10 The Real Present: Institutionalizing Strong Democracy in the Modern World 261
Index 313
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