Beyond Adversary Democracy

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1983 - Political Science - 398 pages
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"Beyond Adversary Democracy should be read by everyone concerned with democratic theory and practice."—Carol Pateman, Politics

"Sociologists recurrently complain about how seldom it is that we produce books that combine serious theorizing about important issues of public policy with original and sensitive field research. Several rounds of enthusiastic applause, then, are due Jane Mansbridge . . . for having produced a dense and well written book whose subject is nothing less ambitious than the theory of democracy and its problems of equality, solidarity, and consensus. Beyond Adversary Democracy, however, is not simply a work of political theory; Mansbridge explores her abstract subject matter by close studies (using ethnographic, documentary, and questionnaire methods) of two small actual democracies operating at their most elemental American levels (1) a New England town meeting ("Selby," Vermont) and (2) an urban crisis center ("Helpline"), whose 41 employees shared a New Left-Counterculture belief in participatory democracy and consensual decision-making. [Mansbridge] is a force to contend with. It is in our common interest that she be widely read."—Bennett M. Berger, Contemporary Sociology
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
Unitary versus Adversary Democracy
10
The Inner Logic of Unitary Democracy
25
Life in Small Town Selby
41
The Town Meeting
49
Unitary Forces in a FacetoFace Assembly
61
The Common Interest
79
Conflicting Interests
91
Political Inequality Helpline
185
The Lust for Power
212
Equality
235
Consensus
254
FacetoFace Assembly
272
Size and the Two Forms of Democracy
280
The Limits of Friendship
292
First Principles
301

Political Inequality Selby
99
Free Choice in Selby
117
Was There a Golden Era?
128
Helpline A Crisis Center
141
Fears of Conflict in a FacetoFace Assembly
151
Consensus and the Common Interest
165
Political Equality in Selby and Helpline Tables
306
Variables and Indexes
318
Notes
329
Bibliography
374
Index
385
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About the author (1983)

Jane J. Mansbridge is professor of political science at Northwestern University. She is also on the faculty of the university's Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research.

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