The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance... and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-31
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr

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Beneath the national radar, the relationship between citizens and government is undergoing a dramatic shift. More than ever before, citizens are educated, skeptical, and capable of bringing the decision-making process to a sudden halt. Public officials and other leaders are tired of confrontation and desperate for resources. In order to address persistent challenges like education, race relations, crime prevention, land use planning, and economic development, communities have been forced to find new ways for people and public servants to work together.The stories of civic experiments in this book can show us the realpolitik of deliberative democracy, and illustrate how the evolution of democracy is already reshaping politics.

Author Biography

Matt Leighninger is Director, Democracy Workshop, and Senior Associate, Study Circles Resource Center.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction: Things Your Mayor Never Told You: The Recent Transformation of Local Democracy 1(22)
Section 1---The State of Democracy
Good Citizens and Persistent Public Problems
Is Everything Up to Date in Kansas City? Why ``Citizen Involvement'' May Soon Be Obsolete
Section 2---Appeals to Citizenship
Of Pigs and People: Sprawl, Gentrification, and the Future of Regions
The Increasing Significance of Race in Public Life
Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development
Section 3---Building Shared Governance
The Strange Career of Chuck Ridley: Drug Abuse, Community Organizing, and ``Government by Nonprofits''
``Marrying'' Schools and Communities: Endless Love or Affair to Remember?
Sharing the Buck: Communities Rethink Public Finances and Public Responsibilities
Conclusion---Things to Come 224(27)
Notes 251(30)
Index 281

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