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    Commonwealth: The Other Road to Democracy--The Swiss Model of Democratic Self-Government (Hardback) Edited by Daniel J. Elazar, Contributions by J.Wayne Baker, Contributions by Gerhard Lehmbruch, Contributions by Max Frenkel, Contributions by Michael L. Platt, Contributions by Terry Nichols Clark, Contributions by Bruno S. Frey, Contributions by Iris Bohnet, Contributions by Andre Eschet-Schwartz, Contributions by Hanspeter Tschaeni

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    DescriptionThe late Daniel J. Elazar was increasingly concerned with the distortions of democracy in contemporary society. In Commonwealth, he brought together a distinguished group of political scientists to examine the Swiss model of democracy, in its original emphasis on community, or the "commonwealth." Contributors to the volume take the Swiss model as a base from which to critique the liberal model, best exemplified by the United States. While it is admittedly the best contemporary example of liberal democracy, or "civil society," America also displays the problems of this model. The modern idea of communal democracy has almost completely disappeared from the United States, contributors argue. In incisive and cogent essays, they suggest that the modern idea of communal democracy may not just be an alternative but a needed antidote to many of the problems with the American system. The scholars gathered in this important collection explore the question of how to maintain both community and liberty while at the same time adjusting to changes in the scale of political organization needed for economic prosperity and defense. The results yield a unique perspective on contemporary democracy for political theorists and concerned lay readers alike.


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    Title
    Commonwealth
    Subtitle
    The Other Road to Democracy--The Swiss Model of Democratic Self-Government
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Daniel J. Elazar, Contributions by J.Wayne Baker, Contributions by Gerhard Lehmbruch, Contributions by Max Frenkel, Contributions by Michael L. Platt, Contributions by Terry Nichols Clark, Contributions by Bruno S. Frey, Contributions by Iris Bohnet, Contributions by Andre Eschet-Schwartz, Contributions by Hanspeter Tschaeni
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780739102367
    ISBN 10: 0739102362
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPHV
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL016000, POL007000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 320.9494
    DC21: 320.9494
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    LC classification: JC423 .C656 2001
    Thema V1.0: JPHV
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Edition
    Annotated
    Illustrations note
    bibliography, index
    Publisher
    Lexington Books
    Imprint name
    Lexington Books
    Publication date
    27 March 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham, MD
    Author Information
    Daniel J. Elazar was Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University. He is the author of American Federalism: A View from the States (1984), Exploring Federalism (1986), and The American Constitutional Tradition (1988).
    Table of contents
    Chapter 1 Civil Society and Commonwealth: Two Models of Democratic Republicanism Part 2 The Swiss Commonwealth Chapter 3 Communal Democracy and Liberal Democracy: An Outside Friend's Look at the Swiss Political Tradition Chapter 4 The Covenantal Basis for the Development of Swiss Political Federalism: 1291-1848 Chapter 5 Consociational Democracy and Corporatism in Switzerland Chapter 6 The Communal Basis of Swiss Liberty Chapter 7 The Banner of Upright Swiss Liberty Part 8 Governing the Commonwealth Chapter 9 The Swiss Communal Ethic Chapter 10 Democracy by Competition: Referenda and Federalism in Switzerland Chapter 11 The Role of Semi-Direct Democracy in Shaping Swiss Federalism: The Behavior of Cantons Regarding Revision of the Constitution, 1866-1981 Chapter 12 Constitutional Change in Swiss Cantons: An Assessment of a Recent Phenomenon Chapter 13 Administering Government in Canton St. Gallen Chapter 14 Switzerland as a Model in the Commonwealth Tradition