In this Book

Vanderbilt University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Things Your Mayor Never Told You: The Recent Transformation of Local Democracy
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. I. The State of Democracy
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. Good Citizens and Persistent Public Problems
  2. pp. 25-43
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  1. 2. Is Everything Up to Date in Kansas City? Why "Citizen Involvement" May Soon Be Obsolete
  2. pp. 44-68
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  1. II. Appeals to Citizenship
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 3. Of Pigs and People: Sprawl, Gentrification, and the Future of Regions
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 4. The Increasing Significance of Race in Public Life
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. 5. Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development
  2. pp. 117-148
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  1. III. Building Shared Governance
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 6. The Strange Career of Chuck Ridley: Drug Abuse, Community Organizing, and "Government by Nonprofits"
  2. pp. 151-171
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  1. 7. "Marrying" Schools and Communities: Endless Love or Affair to Remember?
  2. pp. 172-194
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  1. 8. Sharing the Buck: Communities Rethink Public Finances and Public Responsibilities
  2. pp. 195-224
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  1. Conclusion-Things to Come
  2. pp. 225-250
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-296
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