In our current era of deep distrust in our politics and political institutions, there is also a pervasive sense that social problems are so overwhelmingly complex that it is virtually impossible to solve them. In Democracy Inside, Albert W. Dzur looks at recent instances of effective citizen action across the United States to develop a grounded political theory of democratic change, one in which citizens effectively engage with institutions. Drawing on qualitative interviews with practitioners involved in democratic schools, restorative and community justice, and collaborative city governance, Dzur stresses that we need to turn to ordinary, daily life and focus on how "democratic professionals" are breaking down barriers and bring people into decision-making processes at the granular level. These reformers are not transforming high politics or national-scale institutions, but they have been effective at changing the routine, everyday practices where people live and work. As Democracy Inside shows, if we really want to expand the democracy and build citizen engagement intensity in American life, we need to look beyond traditional politics and transform our classrooms, courtrooms, and offices into accessible civic spaces.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
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About the Author
Albert W. Dzur is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He is a democratic theorist with an interest in citizen participation and power-sharing in education, criminal justice, and public administration. He is also the author of Democratic Professionalism; Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury; Rebuilding Public Institutions Together; and a co-editor of Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Democratic Professionals as Agents of Change
Chapter 2: Institutions as Fields of Action
Chapter 3: Democratic Innovation in K-12 Education
Chapter 4: Democratic Innovation in Criminal Justice
Chapter 5: Democratic Innovation in Public Administration
Chapter 6: Growing and Sustaining Cultures of Participatory Innovation: Barriers, Openings, and the Role of Democratic Inquiry