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Theories of Democracy

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Theories of Democracy( )
Editor: Terchek, Ronald
Conte, Thomas C.
Contribution by: Aristide, Jean-Bertrand
Aristotle Circle Staff,
Barber, Benjamin R.
Bellah, Robert
Bentley, Arthur
Bobbio, Noberto
Connolly, William
ISBN:978-0-8476-9725-0
Publication Date:Jul 2000
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $54.00
Book Description:

Theories of Democracy builds on Robert Dahl's observation that there is no single theory of democracy; only theories. In this anthology, Ronald J. Terchek and Thomas C. Conte have brilliantly assembled the works of classical, modern, and contemporary commentators to illustrate the deep and diverse roots of the democratic ideal, as well as to provide materials for thinking about the way some contemporary theories build on different traditions of democratic theorizing.

Book Details
Pages:400
Detailed Subjects: Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):7.15 x 10.08 x 0.72 Inches
Book Weight:1.35 Pounds
Author Biography
(Editor)
Benjamin Reynolds Barber was born in Manhattan, New York on August 2, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College in 1960 and a master's degree in government in 1963 and a doctorate in 1966 from Harvard University. In 1969, he began teaching political science at Rutgers University, where he was the director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy for many years. In 2001, he joined the University of Maryland as the Kekst Professor of Civil Society.

He was a political theorist and author. His books included Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age, The Conquest of Politics: Liberal Philosophy in Democratic Times, Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World, The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House, Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism and Democracy, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, and Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming.

In addition to his books, Barber was a frequent contributor to several magazines including The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times. In 1974, he helped found the journal Political Theory, which he edited for the next decade. He coauthored the prize-winning, ten-part PBS/CBC television series The Struggle for Democracy. He died from pancreatic cancer on April 24, 2017 at the age of 77.

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