Tampering with Tradition

Tampering with Tradition : The Unrealized Authority of Democratic Agency

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The renowned political scholars who contribute to this volume outline both the theory and practice of so-called 'extra-formal democracy,' wherein societal governance is more accurately described as a 'network activity' and citizens, politicians, public administrators and other professionals act together on issues or problems that are defined as public. This new and complex form of democracy-explored here in three unique settings: the United States, the Netherlands, and Demark-is increasingly regarded as an achievable vision for a multi-faceted theory of government.
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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739107488
  • 9780739107485

Table of contents

1 Introduction: Extra-Formal Democracy 2 Deliberative Governance: Renewing Public Service and Public Trust 3 Democratic Governance: Allocative, Integrative, or Deliberative? 4 Making Local Democracy Work: Neighborhood-Oriented Reform in Los Angeles and the Dutch Randstad 5 Democratic Consequences of Urban Governance: What has become of Representative Democracy? 6 Entrepreneurship in Community Development and Local Governance 7 Democratic Governance and the Role of Public Adminstrators 8 Mediated Negotiations, a Deliberative Approach to Democratic Governance: Theoretical Linkages and Practial Examples 9 Interaction Research: Joining Persons, Theories, and Practices 10 Democratic Epistemology 11 Extra-Formal Democracy: A Reflection
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Review quote

This book is remarkable both for its sophistication in bridging the gap between cutting edge theory and emerging practices of "extra-formal" democracy, and for the freshness of the ideas that follow from its multi-national perspective. I no sooner finished it than I began sharing its insights with my students. -- Frank E. Scott, California State University, Hayward This is a timely book! On the domestic front, reactions to terrorism threaten democracy. Internationally, globalism conflates capitalism with democracy to the benefit of capitalism and to the detriment of democracy. Top-to-bottom approaches to democracy are fatally flawed. Horizontal or bottom-to-top, situational, relational, and pragmatic alternatives need to be revived. Together, the authors in Tampering with Tradition provide an intellectually sophisticated foundation for that revival. -- Larry S. Luton, Eastern Washington University
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About Hugh T. Miller

Peter Bogason is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Roskilde. Sandra Kensen is Assistant Professor of Law at Tilburg University. Hugh T. Miller is Professor of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University.
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