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Participatory Democracy: Prospects for Democratizing Democracy

A completely revised edition of the classic and widely consulted 1970 version.

First published as a testament to the legacy of the concept made popular by the New Left of the 1960s, and with the perspective of the intervening decades, this book opens up the way for re-examining just what is involved in democratizing democracy.

With its emphasis on citizen participation, here, presented in one volume are the best arguments for participatory democracy written by some of the most relevant contributors to the debate, both in an historic, and in a contemporary, sense.

This wide-ranging collection probes the historical roots of participatory democracy in our political culture, analyzes its application to the problems of modern society, and explores the possible forms it might take on every level of society from the work place, to the community, to the nation at large. Part II, "The Politics of Participatory Democracy," covers Porto Alegre, Montreal, the new Urban ecology, and direct democracy.

The book is, by all odds, the most encompassing one so far in revealing the practical actual subversions that the New Left wishes to visit upon us. - Washington Post

It is good to be reminded of the origins of this yeasty rebelliousness…and to that end, editors Dimitrios Roussopoulos and the late C.George Benello have produced…a volume that is part inspiration and part reference work for a generation of earnest social reformers…Our democracy desparately needs more democracy, and a reflection upon these essays is a credible place to start the process. - College Quarterly [Read original review]

Apart from the editors, contributors include: George Woodcock, Murray Bookchin, Don Calhoun, Stewart Perry, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, James Gillespie, Gerry Hunnius, John McEwan, Arthur Chickering, Christian Bay, Martin Oppenheimer, Colin Ward, Sergio Baierle, Anne Latendresse, Bartha Rodin, and C.L.R. James. See our website for the Table of Contents.

Dimitrios Roussopoulos is a political economist who has written many articles and books on social and politico-economic issues. He is the author of many books including The Rise of Cities. He continues to work for local democracy, ecological cities and world peace.

C.George Benello (1927-1987) taught sociology at Goddard College in Vermont until his untimely death, He was also a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute and author of From the Ground Up: Essays on Grassroots and Workplace Democracy.

2004: 380 pages, 6x9, bibliography, index
Paperback ISBN: 1-55164-224-7
Hardcover ISBN: 1-55164-225-5
eBook ISBN: 978-155164-568-1

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