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The conclusions in this book challenge most traditional and conventional American political scientific thinking on the value and practicality of direct citizen participation in agenda setting, planning, and policy making. It does this not only by applying a new physically-based paradigm of political theory to the problem, but also by offering a wealth of original, empirical evidence to support its conclusion.

Basing her arguments on research in a new method of ...

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Overview

The conclusions in this book challenge most traditional and conventional American political scientific thinking on the value and practicality of direct citizen participation in agenda setting, planning, and policy making. It does this not only by applying a new physically-based paradigm of political theory to the problem, but also by offering a wealth of original, empirical evidence to support its conclusion.

Basing her arguments on research in a new method of public-opinion/citizen-participation experiments, Slaton's book: (1) provides a new theoretical and practical response to those opposed to increasing direct democracy in the United States; (2) introduces a new method by which to promote and measure informed and deliberated public opinion; (3) proposes a new methodology that stimulates citizen participation toward and involvement in complex policy issues; and (4) applies analogies to the paradigms of quantum physics to new theories and techniques designed to promote citizen participation in a democracy.

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For some decades the idea has been kicked around that computers could allow citizens to affect government activity on a day-to-day basis. Not surprisingly, it became possible to pay taxes by computer first. Slayton (political science, Georgia Southern U.) proposes a participation system based on current technology and quantum physics theory, reports on pilot projects, and discusses the political ramifications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275938369
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/1991
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTA DARYL SLATON is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southern University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Quantum Theory and Political Theory

Tracing the Paths of Expanding Citizen Participation in America

Toward the Representative Participatory State: A Quantum Step in Ideology and Theory

Toward the Representative Participatory State: Research and Action Projects

The Hawaii Televote Model: Applying Techniques, Learning Lessons, Realizing the Future

Evaluating Televote: Responding to Criticism and Setting Future Agendas

Bibliography

Index

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