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Real democracy : the New England town meeting and how it works

Author: Frank M Bryan
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Series: American politics and political economy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Relying on more than three decades of firsthand research, Frank M. Bryan examines one of the purest forms of American democracy, the New England town meeting. At these meetings, usually held once a year, all eligible citizens of the town may become legislators; they meet in face-to-face assemblies, debate the issues on the agenda, and vote on them. And although these meetings are natural laboratories for democracy,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank M Bryan
ISBN: 0226077969 9780226077963 0226077977 9780226077970
OCLC Number: 52057915
Description: viii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the methodology of starting from scratch --
Town meeting: an American conversation --
Democracy as a public presence: walking the bounds --
Attendance: the architecture of governance --
Attendance: the context of community --
Democracy as public talk: walking the bounds --
Democracy as public talk: exploring the contexts --
The question of equality: women's presence --
The question of equality: women's participation --
If you build it, let them play --
The best democracy, the worst democracy --
Conclusion: a lover's quarrel.
Series Title: American politics and political economy.
Responsibility: Frank M. Bryan.
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Can ordinary people really gather together and make laws that are binding on themselves and their communities? Frank M. Bryan discusses this with particular reference to the New England town meeting  Read more...

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"''At a New England town meeting, '' Bryan proclaims, ''[Adolf Hitler] would have at once been recognized as a flaming jackass and subtly ostracized into impotence.'' The serious point buried in his Read more...

 
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