The Next Form of Democracy

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The Next Form of Democracy

How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same

By Matt Leighninger; U. S. Senator Bill Bradley (Foreword by)

Vanderbilt University Press (TN), Paperback, 9780826515414, 296pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2006

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.