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Tracing the erosion of democratic norms in the US and the conditions that make it possible

Jonathan Beecher Field tracks the permutations of the town hall meeting from its original context as a form of democratic community governance in New England into a format for presidential debates and a staple of corporate governance. In its contemporary iteration, the town hall meeting models the aesthetic of the former but replaces actual democratic deliberation with a spectacle that involves no immediate electoral stakes or functions as a glorified press conference. Urgently, Field notes that though this evolution might be apparent, evidence suggests many US citizens don’t care to differentiate.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5, 78
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: This Is What Looks Like Democracy
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Town Meeting as Democratic Ideal
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. Town Hall Meeting as Debate Format
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. Town Hall Meeting as Constituent Service
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. Town Hall Meeting as Campus Spectacle
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. Town Hall Meeting as Corporate Event
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. The Future of the Town Hall Meeting
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452963051
Related ISBN
9781517908560
MARC Record
OCLC
1120692473
Pages
88
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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