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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Opportunities to "have your say," "get involved," and "join the
conversation" are everywhere in public life. From crowdsourcing and town hall
meetings to government experiments with social media, participatory politics increasingly
seem like a revolutionary antidote to the decline of civic engagement and the
thinning of the contemporary public sphere. Many argue that, with new
technologies, flexible organizational cultures, and a supportive policymaking
context, we now hold the keys to large-scale democratic revitalization.
Democratizing Inequalities shows that the equation may not be so
simple. Modern societies face a variety of structural problems that limit
potentials for true democratization, as well as vast inequalities in political
action and voice that are not easily resolved by participatory solutions. Popular
participation may even reinforce elite power in unexpected ways. Resisting an
oversimplified account of participation as empowerment, this collection of
essays brings together a diverse range of leading scholars to reveal surprising
insights into how dilemmas of the new public participation play out in politics
and organizations. Through investigations including fights over the
authenticity of business-sponsored public participation, the surge of the Tea
Party, the role of corporations in electoral campaigns, and participatory
budgeting practices in Brazil, Democratizing
Inequalities seeks to refresh our understanding of public participation and
trace the reshaping of authority in today's political environment.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-279) and index.
Rising participation and declining democracy / Edward T. Walker, Michael McQuarrie, and Caroline W. Lee -- Civic-izing markets : selling social profits in public deliberation / Caroline W. Lee, Kelly McNulty, and Sara Shaffer -- Workers' rights as human rights? Solidarity campaigns and the anti-sweatshop movement / Steven Vallas, J. Matthew Judge, and Emily R. Cummins -- Legitimating the coprporation through public participation / Edward T. Walker -- No contest : participatory technologies and the transformation of urban authority / Michael McQuarrie -- The fiscal sociology of public consultation / Isaac William Martin -- Structuring electoral participation : the formalization of Democratic new media campaigning, 2000-2008 / Daniel Kreiss -- Patient, parent, advocate, investor : entrepreneurial health activism from research to reimbursement / David Schleifer and Aaron Panofsky -- Spirals of perpetual potential : how empowerment projects' noble missions tangle in everyday interaction / Nina Eliasoph -- Becoming a best practice : neoliberalism and the curious case of participatory budgeting / Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza -- The social movement society, the Tea Party, and the Democratic deficit / David S. Meyer and Amanda Pullum -- Public deliberation and political contention / Francesca Polletta -- Realizing the promise of public participation in an age of inequality / Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward T. Walker.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Acknowledgments (p. vii)
- Foreword (p. ix)
- Part I Introduction
- 1 Rising Participation and Declining Democracy (p. 3)
- Part II Participation and the Reproduction of Inequality
- 2 Civic-izing Markets: Selling Social Profits in Public Deliberation (p. 27)
- 3 Workers' Rights as Human Rights? Solidarity Campaigns and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement (p. 46)
- 4 Legitimating the Corporation through Public Participation (p. 66)
- Part III The Production of Authority and Legitimacy
- 5 No Contest: Participatory Technologies and the Transformation of Urban Authority (p. 83)
- 6 The Fiscal Sociology of Public Consultation (p. 102)
- 7 Structuring Electoral Participation: The Formalization of Democratic New Media Campaigning, 2000-2008 (p. 125)
- 8 Patient, Parent, Advocate, Investor: Entrepreneurial Health Activism from Research to Reimbursement (p. 143)
- Part IV Unintended Consequences and New Opportunities
- 9 Spirals of Perpetual Potential: How Empowerment Projects' Noble Missions Tangle in Everyday Interaction (p. 165)
- 10 Becoming a Best Practice: Neoliberalism and the Curious Case Participatory Budgeting (p. 187)
- 11 The Social Movement Society, the Tea Party, and I he Democratic Deficit (p. 204)
- 12 Public Deliberation and Political Contention (p. 222)
- Part V Conclusion
- 13 Realizing the Promise of Public Participalion in an Age of Inequality (p. 247)
- References (p. 251)
- About the Contributors (p. 281)
- Index (p. 285)
Author notes provided by SyndeticsCaroline W. Lee is Associate Professor of Sociology at Lafayette College. She is the author of Do-It- Yourself Democracy.
Michael Mcquarrie is Associate Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the co-editor of Remaking Urban Citizenship.
Edward T. Walker is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Grassroots for Hire.