Relying On An Astounding Collection Of Than Three Decades Of Firsthand Research, Frank M Bryan Examines One Of The Purest Forms Of American Democracy, The New England Town Meeting At These Meetings, Usually Held Once A Year, All Eligible Citizens Of The Town May Become Legislators They Meet In Face To Face Assemblies, Debate The Issues On The Agenda, And Vote On Them And Although These Meetings Are Natural Laboratories For Democracy, Very Few Scholars Have Systematically Investigated Them A Nationally Recognized Expert On This Topic, Bryan Has Now Done Just That Studying 1,500 Town Meetings In His Home State Of Vermont, He And His Students Recorded A Staggering Amount Of Data About Them 238,603 Acts Of Participation By 63,140 Citizens In 210 Different Towns Drawing On This Evidence As Well As On Evocative Witness Accounts From Casual Observers To No Lesser A Light Than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Bryan Paints A Vivid Picture Of How Real Democracy Works Among The Many Fascinating Questions He Explores Why Attendance Varies Sharply With Town Size, How Citizens Resolve Conflicts In Open Forums, And How Men And Women Behave Differently In Town Meetings In The End, Bryan Interprets This Brand Of Local Government To Find Evidence For Its Considerable Staying Power As The Most Authentic And Meaningful Form Of Direct Democracy Giving Us A Rare Glimpse Into How Democracy Works In The Real World, Bryan Presents Here An Unorthodox And Definitive Book On This Most Cherished Of American Institutions.
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- Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works (American Politics and Political Economy Series)
- Frank Bryan
- 15 November 2017 Frank Bryan