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A Passion for Democracy
Author: Benjamin R. Barber

ISBN: 9780691050249
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15 February 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
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Benjamin Barber is one of America's preeminent political theorists. He has been a significant voice in the continuing debate about the nature and role of democracy in the contemporary world. "A Passion for Democracy" collects twenty of his most important writings on American democracy. Together they refine his distinctive position in democratic theory. Barber's conception of "strong democracy" contrasts with traditional concepts of "liberal democracy," especially in its emphasis on citizen participation in central issues of public debate. These essays critique the "thin representation" of liberal democracy and buttress the arguments presented in Barber's twelve books, most recently in his well-received "Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Re-shaping the World." In these pieces, Barber argues for participatory democracy without dependence on abstract metaphysical foundations, and he stresses the relationship among democracy and civil society, civic education, and culture.

"A Passion for Democracy" is divided into four sections. In the first, "American Theory: Democracy,...

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