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Democracy and Association - Mark E. Warren

Democracy and Association

Paperback Published: 12th November 2000
ISBN: 9780691050775
Number Of Pages: 280

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Tocqueville's view that a virtuous and viable democracy depends on robust associational life has become a cornerstone of contemporary democratic theory. Democratic theorists generally agree that issue networks, recreational associations, support circles, religious groups, unions, advocacy groups, and myriad other kinds of associations enhance democracy by cultivating citizenship, promoting public deliberation, providing voice and representation, and enabling varied forms of governance. Yet there has been little work to show how and why different kinds of association have different effects on democracy--many supportive but others minimal or even destructive.

This book offers the first systematic assessment of what associations do and don't do for democracy. Mark Warren explains how and when associational life expands the domain, inclusiveness, and authenticity of democracy. He looks at which associations are most likely to foster individuals' capacities for democratic citizenship, provoke political debate, open existing institutions, guide market activities, or bring democratic decision-making to new venues. Throughout, Warren also considers the trade-offs involved, noting, for example, that organizational solidarity can dampen internal dissent and deliberation even as it enhances public deliberation. Blending political and social theory with an eye to social science, "Democracy and Association" will draw social scientists with interests in democracy, political philosophers, students of public policy, as well as the many activists who fortify the varied landscape we call civil society. As an original analysis of which associational soils yield vigorous democracies, the book will have a major impact on democratic theory and empirical research.

Winner of the David and Elaine Spitz Prize Winner of the Outstanding Book Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action "Democracy and Association is an important contribution not only to the field of political theory but also to empirical political science. Warren's multifaceted typologies are a major advance."--Margaret Kohn, Political Theory

Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Democracy and Associationp. 2
Introductionp. 3
Approaches to Associationp. 17
The Concept of Associationp. 39
The Democratic Effects of Associationp. 60
The Associational Terrain: Distinctions That Make a Differencep. 94
The Democratic Effects of Associational Typesp. 134
Conclusion: Democratic Associational Ecologiesp. 206
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780691050775
ISBN-10: 0691050775
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 12th November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39