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Seeds of a Different Politics

Seeds of a Different Politics BOOKS IN REVIEW Harry C. Boyte The splendid achievement of Carmen Sirianni and Lew in the spirit of advancing discussion I will here focus on three Friedland in Civic Innovation in America is both to demonstrate limits I see in their work. All have to do with the authors' insufand to analyze a cumulative process of civic learning. In recent ficient elaboration of their intuitions about politics. decades, citizens and civic institutions of many kinds have develPolitics for our time, if it is to have more than parochial oped sophisticated, nuanced strategies for addressing tough probimpact, must address the changing nature of power in the inforlems that are not subject to remedy by expert intervention or mation society; the importance of "work" as a key self-interest simple appeal to government. Through an innovative methodolamong professional groups tied to organizing for cultural transogy--including engagement with a wide range of contemporary formation in the mediating institutions which hold potential to political and social theory, in-depth case studies and network be broad instruments of democratic power; and the productive analysis, and hundreds of qualitative interviews--Sirianni and as well as the distributive sides of democratic public action. Friedland create an "American case http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Seeds of a Different Politics

The Good Society , Volume 12 (1) – Dec 2, 2003

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BOOKS IN REVIEW Harry C. Boyte The splendid achievement of Carmen Sirianni and Lew in the spirit of advancing discussion I will here focus on three Friedland in Civic Innovation in America is both to demonstrate limits I see in their work. All have to do with the authors' insufand to analyze a cumulative process of civic learning. In recent ficient elaboration of their intuitions about politics. decades, citizens and civic institutions of many kinds have develPolitics for our time, if it is to have more than parochial oped sophisticated, nuanced strategies for addressing tough probimpact, must address the changing nature of power in the inforlems that are not subject to remedy by expert intervention or mation society; the importance of "work" as a key self-interest simple appeal to government. Through an innovative methodolamong professional groups tied to organizing for cultural transogy--including engagement with a wide range of contemporary formation in the mediating institutions which hold potential to political and social theory, in-depth case studies and network be broad instruments of democratic power; and the productive analysis, and hundreds of qualitative interviews--Sirianni and as well as the distributive sides of democratic public action. Friedland create an "American case

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Dec 2, 2003

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