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Future of Self-Governing, Thriving Democracies

Democratic Innovations By, With and For the People

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A strong account of democracy that places self-governing at its core, Thriving Democracies develops a detailed account of the practices and institutions that can make self-governing work today’s complex, pluralistic societies. Both idealistic and pragmatic, the book is an important step forward in democratic theory for the 21st century.

Mark E. Warren, University of British Columbia, Canada

Are you interested in a book that is thoughtful, inspiring, provocative, but at the same time really informative about deliberative and participatory institutions? Thriving democracies is the book! A language far from academicism and a text full of clarifying graphs, real examples and applications to difficult political problems make it a really enjoyable reading.

Far from abstract political theory, but also willing to go beyond existing realities and pure empirism, Thriving Democracies is an inspiring book for activists, participation practitioners, students, academics or (brave) politicians alike.

Joan Font, Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC), Cordoba, Spain

Modern governments have become a tiny one-way street leading from government to the people. This street needs to be renovated and reconstructed into a multiple lane highway going in both directions. Dr. Brigitte Geissel, political scientist extraordinaire tells us where and how to build!

Rhonda Lee Kammer, freelance lecturer, Weston, USA

Anyone who cares about democracy should read this book. Driven by a strong belief in the power of citizens and communities and based on a thorough analysis of the academic literature, Brigitte Geissel develops a convincing argument for renewing democracies. She also makes several practical suggestions that communities can adapt to their own needs.

Ank Michels, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Imagine a democracy that is entirely citizen-driven, in which citizens decide how they wish to govern themselves; a democracy that is continuously adapting; a democracy whose decisions reflect the will of its citizens. In this fascinating study, Brigitte Geissel not only imagines it, she also shows how someday we might achieve it.

David Farrell, University College Dublin

Brigitte Geissel not only lays out the case for self-governing communities, but offers an extensive menu of institutional options for how citizens might collectively construct their own "Thriving Democracies". This is highly ambitious territory that Geissel is unafraid to explore in the hope of inspiring much needed democratic restructuring.

Graham Smith, Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster, UK

Brigitte Geissel has issued a powerful call to reimagine the democracies we want to live in and to enable communities to develop their own vision for self-governing. She has performed the rare feat of advancing the field in democracy research while remaining accessible for communities and activists. Highly recommended.

Jane Suiter, Dublin City University, Ireland

In her thought-provoking book, Brigitte Geissel puts forward radical proposals for popular self-government in a vibrant democracy. By reviewing and assessing a broad range of participatory practices, the book provides many innovative but practicable ideas for democratic renewal.

Maija Setälä, professor, University of Turku

Brigitte Geissel has more than three decades of experience researching, teaching, and thinking on democracy building. Far from frequent ethnocentric views, in The Future of Self-Governing, Thriving Democracies her aim is to encourage communities to rethink their democracies, because there is no one-size-fits-all model. It is a must read in times of democratic upheaval.

Yanina Welp, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Zurich, Switzerland

This is a wonderful and thought-provoking book. Brigitte Geissel is a true defender of democracy as self-government. Her emphasis on the need for citizens and communities to decide how they want to govern themselves, together with a thorough evaluation of democratic innovations, is much needed in times when democracy is under threat.

Kimmo Grönlund, Abo Akademi: The Future of Democracy – Center of Excellence, Finland

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Forlag
Routledge
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
238
ISBN
9781032285061
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 16 cm

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«

A strong account of democracy that places self-governing at its core, Thriving Democracies develops a detailed account of the practices and institutions that can make self-governing work today’s complex, pluralistic societies. Both idealistic and pragmatic, the book is an important step forward in democratic theory for the 21st century.

Mark E. Warren, University of British Columbia, Canada

Are you interested in a book that is thoughtful, inspiring, provocative, but at the same time really informative about deliberative and participatory institutions? Thriving democracies is the book! A language far from academicism and a text full of clarifying graphs, real examples and applications to difficult political problems make it a really enjoyable reading.

Far from abstract political theory, but also willing to go beyond existing realities and pure empirism, Thriving Democracies is an inspiring book for activists, participation practitioners, students, academics or (brave) politicians alike.

Joan Font, Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC), Cordoba, Spain

Modern governments have become a tiny one-way street leading from government to the people. This street needs to be renovated and reconstructed into a multiple lane highway going in both directions. Dr. Brigitte Geissel, political scientist extraordinaire tells us where and how to build!

Rhonda Lee Kammer, freelance lecturer, Weston, USA

Anyone who cares about democracy should read this book. Driven by a strong belief in the power of citizens and communities and based on a thorough analysis of the academic literature, Brigitte Geissel develops a convincing argument for renewing democracies. She also makes several practical suggestions that communities can adapt to their own needs.

Ank Michels, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Imagine a democracy that is entirely citizen-driven, in which citizens decide how they wish to govern themselves; a democracy that is continuously adapting; a democracy whose decisions reflect the will of its citizens. In this fascinating study, Brigitte Geissel not only imagines it, she also shows how someday we might achieve it.

David Farrell, University College Dublin

Brigitte Geissel not only lays out the case for self-governing communities, but offers an extensive menu of institutional options for how citizens might collectively construct their own "Thriving Democracies". This is highly ambitious territory that Geissel is unafraid to explore in the hope of inspiring much needed democratic restructuring.

Graham Smith, Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster, UK

Brigitte Geissel has issued a powerful call to reimagine the democracies we want to live in and to enable communities to develop their own vision for self-governing. She has performed the rare feat of advancing the field in democracy research while remaining accessible for communities and activists. Highly recommended.

Jane Suiter, Dublin City University, Ireland

In her thought-provoking book, Brigitte Geissel puts forward radical proposals for popular self-government in a vibrant democracy. By reviewing and assessing a broad range of participatory practices, the book provides many innovative but practicable ideas for democratic renewal.

Maija Setälä, professor, University of Turku

Brigitte Geissel has more than three decades of experience researching, teaching, and thinking on democracy building. Far from frequent ethnocentric views, in The Future of Self-Governing, Thriving Democracies her aim is to encourage communities to rethink their democracies, because there is no one-size-fits-all model. It is a must read in times of democratic upheaval.

Yanina Welp, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Zurich, Switzerland

This is a wonderful and thought-provoking book. Brigitte Geissel is a true defender of democracy as self-government. Her emphasis on the need for citizens and communities to decide how they want to govern themselves, together with a thorough evaluation of democratic innovations, is much needed in times when democracy is under threat.

Kimmo Grönlund, Abo Akademi: The Future of Democracy – Center of Excellence, Finland

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