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A Different Kind of State? : Popular Power and Democratic Administration - Gregory Albo

A Different Kind of State?

Popular Power and Democratic Administration

By: Gregory Albo (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th May 1993
ISBN: 9780195409079
Number Of Pages: 254

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A large factor in the appeal of neo-conservatism in the early 1980s was its sustained attack on the welfare state. Even those most dependent on public services were frustrated by a system that allowed them no say in decisions directly affecting their lives. A decade later, the alternative offered by the new right - free market competition - has only deepened the need for effective state assistance. The solution must be not in privatizing the public sector, but in making it more responsive; the real issue is not more state or less state, but rather a different kind of state.
How might those on the democratic left govern differently? How might political parties committed to the progressive reform of our political institutions design structures and processes that would enhance citizen participation, and at the same time maintain and increase democratic accountability? How might new administrations implement such a program? The twenty contributors to this book share the experiences they have gained in various contemporary political experiments and popular movements, in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States, that have attempted to expand citizen involvement and democratic administrative practices within the public sector.

Popular Power and Democratic Administration
A Different Kind of State?p. 2
Democratic Citizenship and the Future of Public Managementp. 17
Beyond the Welfare State: Popular Planning and Democracy
Creating a Developmental State: Reflections on Policy as Processp. 36
Transforming the 'Fordist' Statep. 51
Reforming the Welfare State: The American Experiencep. 66
Citizenship and Civil Society: Redressing Undemocratic Features of the Welfare Statep. 75
Capture or Co-management: Democracy and Accountability in Regulatory Agenciesp. 87
Democracy and Ecology: Envisioning a Transition to a Green Economyp. 101
Agencies for Democratization: Social Movements and Public Employees
A New Kind of Knowledge for a New Kind of Statep. 112
Social Movements and the State: Presentation and Representationp. 122
Social Movements and the American State: Legal Mobilization as a Strategy for Democratizationp. 131
Public-Sector Unions and the Possibilities for Democratic Administration in the USp. 144
Democratizing the Local State: Issues for Feminist Practice and the Representation of Womenp. 155
Political Education for Democratic Administrationp. 165
Paradoxes of Power: Canada's Social Democratic Experience
Moving Beyond the Limited Democracy of Social Democracyp. 173
Democratizing Economic Policy Formulation: The Manitoba Experiencep. 186
Public Participation in Welfare: The Winnipeg Child and Family Services Systemp. 195
Public-Sector Unions and the Prospects for Democratic Reform under the Ontario NDPp. 208
Social Movements and the NDP Government of Ontariop. 219
Putting Democratic Administration on the Political Agendap. 229
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ISBN: 9780195409079
ISBN-10: 0195409078
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 20th May 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 14.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34