Democracy in the Making

How Activist Groups Form

Author: Kathleen M. Blee

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199842760

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

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In Democracy in the Making, Kathleen M. Blee provides an in-depth look at modern grassroots activism, and reveals its simultaneous power and fragility. In the process, she examines the struggle between democratic vision and strategic reality that shapes each organization's trajectory and determines its ultimate success or failure.

Democracy in the Making

The Open Forum Lecture Movement

Author: Arthur S. Meyers

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761859268

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 2967

"In 1908, a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum lecture movement. These locally planned, trans-denominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as "the striking of mind upon mind." This study recovers the movement and shows what can be applied to our time. George W. Coleman brought a deep commitment to free speech in developing the Forum and Mary Caroline Crawford was essential in implementing it. Understanding this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. We can regain this informed, reflective, respectful approach, and achieve an America "to be"--a democracy in the making"--Publisher's website.

Political Change in Baja California

Democracy in the Making?

Author: Victoria Elizabeth Rodríguez,Peter M. Ward

Publisher: Center for Us-Mexican Studies


Category: Political Science

Page: 140

View: 8215

Democracy in the Making

Municipal Reforms, Civil Society, and the Brazilian Workers' Party

Author: Goetz Frank Ottmann

Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781606925928

Category: Political Science

Page: 156

View: 4376

Brazilian democracy is in dire straits. This, at least, is the opinion of many observers focusing on Brazil's re-democratisation process. Whereas the emotionally charged transition period culminating in the re-installation of a civilian government in 1985 stirred the hopes of many observers that a renewed civil society would be able to lead Brazil into an era liberal democracy (Sader 1988; Alvarez 1997; Abers 2000; Dagnino 2002), these hopes were soon disappointed. Recent contributions to the field talk about the survival of 'traditional' political elements that weaken Brazil's democracy and argue that populism, personalism, patronage, and clientelism remain common features in post-authoritarian Brazil (O'Donnell 1988; Mainwaring 1990; Roniger 1990; Mettenheim von 1995; Hagopian 1996; Weyland 1996; Power 1997; Gay 1998; Banck 1998a; Conniff 1999; Mainwaring 1999; Kingstone and Power 2000; Power 2000; Weyland 2000). Moreover, similar 'traditional' political practices have been detected within the new civic infrastructure that has been constructed since the return to democracy in 1985 (Baierle 2002; Chaves Teixera 2002; Dagnino 2002; Tatagiba 2002; Torres Ribeiro and Grazia 2003; Ottmann 2004). And, more recently still, many observers have been shocked that even Brazil's socialist Workers' Party (PT), celebrated by some as one of the last bastions of democratic socialism in Latin America, draws on patronage and elements of clientalism to strengthen its electoral support (Petras 2004; Avelar 2005). Whatever happened to the effervescent civil society that during the 1980s seemed to carry Brazilian politics into a more democratic era (Weffort 1984; Sader 1988)? Perplexed by this mysterious disappearance of pro-democracy forces, this book examines the democratisation process in three Brazilian municipalities - Itabuna (BA), São Paulo (SP), and Porto Alegre (RS) -- administered by Brazil's reformist Workers' Party, the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores). The book maintains that the main protagonists of Brazil's democratic consolidation are the pro-democracy movements within civil society or, in short, the civic movements, most of which have roots in the protest movements against the military regime during the 1970s and 1980s.

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968-2000

Author: Dolores Trevizo

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271037873

Category: Political Science

Page: 245

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When the PRI fell from power in the elections of 2000, scholars looked for an explanation. Some focused on international pressures, while others pointed to recent electoral reforms. In contrast, Dolores Trevizo argues that a more complete explanation takes much earlier democratizing changes in civil society into account. Her book explores how largely rural protest movements laid the groundwork for liberalization of the electoral arena and the consolidation of support for two opposition parties, the PAN on the right and the PRD on the left, that eventually mounted a serious challenge to the PRI. She shows how youth radicalized by the 1968 showdown between the state and students in Mexico City joined forces with peasant militants in nonviolent rural protest to help bring about needed reform in the political system. In response to this political effervescence in the countryside, agribusinessmen organized in peak associations that functioned like a radical social movement. Their countermovement formulated the ideology of neoliberalism, and they were ultimately successful in mobilizing support for the PAN. Together, social movements and the opposition parties nurtured by them contributed to Mexico&’s transformation from a one-party state into a real electoral democracy nearly a hundred years after the Revolution.

Social Democracy in the Making

Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism

Author: Gary Dorrien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300236026

Category: Philosophy

Page: 600

View: 7492

An expansive and ambitious intellectual history of democratic socialism from one of the world's leading intellectual historians and social ethicists

Democracy in the Making

Ford Hall and the Open Forum Movement, a Symposium

Author: George William Coleman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Forums (Discussion and debate)

Page: 340

View: 862

Thai Women in Local Politics

Democracy in the Making

Author: Sheila Sukonta Thomson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Democracy

Page: 83

View: 2183

Making Democracy in Spain

Grass-Roots Struggle in the South, 1955-1975

Author: Joe Foweraker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521522816

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 2146

The story of the unsung heroes whose struggles prepared the transition to democracy in Spain.

Nepal India

democracy in the making of mutual trust

Author: Dinesh Bhattarai,Pradip Khatiwada

Publisher: Pencraft Intl


Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 507

The Making of Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Author: James T. Schleifer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865972049

Category: Philosophy

Page: 411

View: 3994

It is impossible fully to understand the American experience apart from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Moreover, it is impossible fully to appreciate Tocqueville by assuming that he brought to his visitation to America, or to the writing of his great work, a fixed philosophical doctrine. James T. Schleifer documents where, when, and under what influences Tocqueville wrote different sections of his work. In doing so, Schleifer discloses the mental processes through which Tocqueville passed in reflecting on his experiences in America and transforming these reflections into the most original and revealing book ever written about Americans. For the first time the evolution of a number of Tocqueville's central themes--democracy, individualism, centralization, despotism--emerges into clear relief. As Russell B. Nye has observed, "Schleifer's study is a model of intellectual history, an account of the intertwining of a man, a set of ideas, and the final product, a book." The Liberty Fund second edition includes a new preface by the author and an epilogue, "The Problem of the Two Democracies." James T. Schleifer is Professor of History and Director of the Gill Library at the College of New Rochelle

The Making of an American Community

A Case Study of Democracy in a Frontier County

Author: Merle E. Curti

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804705349

Category: Social Science

Page: 483

View: 941

Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy

Author: Kyle G. Volk

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199371911

Category: History

Page: 291

View: 6891

This work unearths the origins of popular minority-rights politics in American history. Focusing on controversies spurred by grassroots moral reform in the early 19th century, it shows how a motley array of self-understood minorities reshaped American democracy as they battled laws regulating Sabbath observance, alcohol, and interracial contact.

Making Party Democracy in Greece

Author: Takis S. Pappas

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312217433

Category: Political Science

Page: 226

View: 3899

Focusing on the formative 1974-81 years, the central theme of this book is the building of democracy in contemporary Greece and the role played in it by the newly-emergent political parties. Although all main parties are examined according to their importance, attention is chiefly given to conservative "New Democracy" which, led for the greatest part by charismatic Karamanlis, held office during these years of democratic transition. This study offers a systematic analysis of today's political system in Greece, its strengths and deficiencies, and its prospects for the future.

Italy in the Giolittian Era

Italian Democracy in the Making, 1900-1914

Author: A. William Salomone

Publisher: Acls History E-Book Project

ISBN: 9781597403870

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 6780

The Making and Unmaking of Democracy

Lessons from History and World Politics

Author: Theodore K. Rabb,Ezra N. Suleiman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113670468X

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 3528

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Making Democracy

Leadership, Class, Gender, and Political Participation in Thailand

Author: James Ockey

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824827816

Category: Political Science

Page: 233

View: 1072

Democracy in Thailand is the result of a complex interplay of traditional and foreign attitudes. Although democratic institutions have been imported, participation in politics is deeply rooted in Thai village society. A contrasting strand of authoritarianism is present not only in the traditional culture of the royal court but also in the centralized bureaucracies and powerful armed services borrowed from the West. Both attitudes have helped to shape Thai democracy's specific character. This topical volume explores the importance of culture and the roles played by leadership, class, and gender in the making of Thai democracy. James Ockey describes changing patterns of leadership at all levels of society, from the cabinet to the urban middle class to the countryside, and suggests that such changes are appropriate to democratic government--despite the continuing manipulation of authoritarian patterns. He examines the institutions of democratic government, especially the political parties that link voters to the parliament. Political factions and the provincial notables that lead them are given careful attention. The failure to fully integrate the lower classes into the democratic system, Ockey argues, has been the underlying cause of many of the flaws of Thai democracy. Female political leadership, another imported notion, is better represented in urban rather than rural areas. Yet gender relations in villages were more equitable than at court, Ockey suggests, and these attitudes have persisted to this day. Successful women politicians from a variety of backgrounds have begun to overcome stereotypes associated with female leadership although barriers remain. With its wide-ranging analysis of Thai politics over the last three decades, Making Democracy is an important resource for both students and specialists.

Black Political Thought in the Making of South African Democracy

Author: C. R. D. Halisi

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253335890

Category: History

Page: 198

View: 7567

"... a comprehensive analytical survey of the multidimensional evolution of black political thought in South Africa's politicization process." —Choice "Many citizens experience a sense of reluctance to share a single national identity with all of those who are defined by law to be their compatriots. This problem can be explained and surmounted, but it cannot be evaded by those who aspire to build a stable democracy in South Africa." —Richard L. Sklar, from the Foreword What will it mean to be a citizen in the new South Africa? This penetrating study analyzes the issues of dual citizenship, black consciousness, populism, racial proletarianization and their interaction with various political ideologies. Halisi's analysis has practical implications for the development of political identity in the new South Africa.