The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project

This book tells the story of Occupy Wall Street's origins and explains how the movement works and how readers can replicate its method in their communities.

Author: David Graeber

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0718195043

Category: Democracy

Page: 326

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The effects of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations continue to reverberate throughout the world and can be seen in mass protests all around us, from Rio to Istanbul. Activist David Graeber, who was at the heart of the 99% movement, takes a provocative look at their actions and asks- why was it so effective? What can we learn from their tactics? And what can we all do now to make our world democratic once again? Both a treatise on power and protest and an energetic account of contemporary events, The Democracy Projectwill change the way you think about political action. 'Captures the joys and fears of a movement that believed it was on the cusp of achieving something special.' John Kampfner, Observer 'Clear, pungent and right . . . a compact and incisive account of why capitalism has run with such a smash into the buffers.' Times Higher Education 'Graeber's talent is to take big, basic concepts such as debt and democracy and unpack them, forcing us to examine their implications for society . . . the book is a cool drink of water after so much dry, academic writing on the 'revolutions' of 2011.' Laurie Penny, New Statesman 'The most influential radical political thinker of the moment.' New Yorker
Categories: Democracy

The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project

readers are still fond of statements like “America is not a democracy, it's a republic.” What's more, the sort of arguments Continetti breaks out here—that anarchist-inspired movements are unstable, confused, threaten established orders ...

Author: David Graeber

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679646006

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want. The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope. Praise for David Graeber’s Debt “A sprawling, erudite, provocative work.”—Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Businessweek “Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of debt—where it came from and how it evolved.”—The New York Times Book Review “Fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking [and] exceedingly timely.”—Financial Times “The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate. . . . Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions.”—Peter Carey, The Observer “One of the year’s most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on ‘webs of mutual commitment’ and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money.”—Paul Mason, The Guardian “Part anthropological history and part provocative political argument, it’s a useful corrective to what passes for contemporary conversation about debt and the economy.”—Jesse Singal, The Boston Globe “Terrific . . . In the best anthropological tradition, he helps us reset our everyday ideas by exploring history and other civilizations, then boomeranging back to render our own world strange, and more open to change.”—Raj Patel, The Globe and Mail
Categories: Political Science

Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democracy Project in Sub Saharan Africa

Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democracy Project in Sub Saharan Africa

8 Human Rights and the Democracy Project INTRODUCTION: A CONCISE OVERVIEW In the previous chapters, I examined the issues of human rights in a select number of sub-Saharan African countries. In highlighting the history of each state and ...

Author: E. Ike Udogu

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739186961

Category: Political Science

Page: 254

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This book emphasizes the symbiotic relation between the practice of human rights and democracy. In short, human rights practice furthers democracy, and the successful implementation of both promotes stability and economic development necessary for the prospects for progress in the sub-Saharan region of Africa in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Political Science

Why Democracies Develop and Decline

Why Democracies Develop and Decline

Evaluates the most important explanations for democratization and democratic decline, using new global data extending across modern history.

Author: Michael Coppedge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316514412

Category: Political Science

Page: 397

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Evaluates the most important explanations for democratization and democratic decline, using new global data extending across modern history.
Categories: Political Science

Consolidating the Democracy Project in Africa

Consolidating the Democracy Project in Africa

African Renaissance Vol.4 No.3 & 4 2007 pp5-8 Consolidating the Democracy Project in Africa Cases from South Africa , Nigeria , Liberia , Sierra Leone and Somalia From the Editor / Publisher Jideofor Adibe In Volume 4 No 2 2007 edition ...

Author: Jideofor Adibe

Publisher: Adonis & Abbey Pub Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015076163974

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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In this issue we discuss the major challenges to the democracy project in Africa, using South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia as case studies. We pose some key questions: Are the current efforts at instituting liberal democracy and its ethos in Africa sustainable? What are the challenges facing the democracy project in Africa? How are they being negotiated? And what are the implications of all these for the fate of the democracy project itself, and for Africa's development aspirations? In an overview paper, Usman Tar discusses some of the major challenges in instituting and sustaining the democracy project in Africa, noting that in the continent, "state structures remain weak and prone to elite manipulation and abuse." He also notes that "state-society relations are erratic and contemptuous because the state is commonly perceived as serving the narrow interest of its governing elites." Dirk Kotze examines the democratic consolidation process in South Africa, arguing that the "unique nature of South Africa's democratisation is not its content but its process." Usman Tar sees Nigeria, especially after the acrimonious April 2007 elections, as being something of a paradox, having on the one hand "a plethora of factors and institutions that are potentially conducive to the construction of democracy" and on the other hand exhibiting the typical features of a failing 'peripheral' state, including operating "one of the least stable federal and presidential democratic systems in the world." Peter F. Z. Zaizay looks at security sector reform and the fight against crime and disorder in Liberia, noting that demobilised soldiers, left largely unemployed, pose a real threat not only to the democracy project in the country but also to its, peace, security and prosperity. T. Debey Sayndee discusses the post-conflict challenges in Liberia, arguing that the current scramble for the "public space by all age groups and gender" can be considered an essential recipe for building a democratic culture" in that country, and should therefore be harnessed in the rebuilding process. Mats Utas analyses the recent elections in Sierra Leone, which was won by the opposition APC, and where many voters did a "watermelon" by taking shirts and money from the ruling SLPP, while voting for APC. Abdurahman Abdullahi examines how Somali women achieved political empowerment in Somalia between 2000 and 2003 (they were "offered a quota of 11% in the Transitional Parliament of 2000") and argues that the move was a "remarkable milestone that is unprecedented in Somalia." He believes that such a gesture in a patriarchal Islamic country that is torn by inter-clan feuds, contains within it the seed of hope for the democracy project in the country. In addition to the above articles, we also brought a number of other articles, from how to reposition family planning to reduce unmet needs to a discussion of the politics of resistance to dictatorship in Nurudin Farah's novel. Adonis & Abbey Publishers opens Nigerian office After two years of trying to find a way of creating a presence in Nigeria, we have finally opened an office/bookshop in Lagos. Please visit us at 35A Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos (Telephone: +234 (0) 1895 0040"
Categories: Political Science

The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy

The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy

The 45 original essays collected in this companion suggest that the global popularity of democracy derives in part from its breadth and depth in the common history of human civilization.

Author: Research Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Social Research Benjamin Isakhan

Publisher:

ISBN: 1474400140

Category: History

Page: 384

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Takes a fresh look at the history of democracy, broadening the traditional view with previously unexplored examples. This substantial reference work critically re-examines the history of democracy, from ancient history to possible directions it may take in the future. 44 chapters explore the origins of democracy and explore new - and sometimes surprising - examples from around the world. Each of the 9 parts introduces the period, followed by 3 to 7 case studies.
Categories: History

Power to the Polls

Power to the Polls

committing to a minimum of 8 hours per week, including 6 hours in the CLCE Democracy Project student ambassadors work together to carry out the initiative's goals. e team meets weekly to provide updates on each ambassador's project ...

Author: Marianne Magjuka

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781642674071

Category: Education

Page: 259

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Given that students are increasingly arriving on campus with limited civic knowledge, and the fragile state of our democracy, there is an urgent need to incorporate civic learning into courses, programs, systems, and processes throughout our institutions. This book provides administrators, student affairs educators, and faculty with frameworks and examples for developing initiatives and programs to promote students’ civic learning and democratic engagement; set sustainable, campus-wide goals; track student learning outcomes; and make data-driven decisions that impact the campus climate for civic engagement. For many campuses, the first step is to assemble a diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners to review existing programs; research national organizations that offer data, support, and benchmarks for sustainable initiatives; identify examples of practice such as those described in this book; and consider the diversity of the student body and local community, their needs, and the opportunities they offer. Beyond two opening chapters that provide foundational grounding for this work, this volume offers nineteen emerging and promising examples of how a range of institutions—from community colleges and liberal arts universities to state and Research One institutions—are addressing the need for civic learning, promoting civil political discourse, engaging students in voter registration and mobilization, and on how to work with legislators on issues—and how to promote this work on a non-partisan basis. The chapters identify a wide range of resources and organizations that support the work of civic engagement both nationally—such as AAC&U, Campus Compact, NASPA, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, and the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement—and at the state level. When designed and executed well, civic learning programs can foster competencies for lifelong citizenship and inspire young people to see themselves as civic actors and problem-solvers, to seek diverse viewpoints and perspectives, and to make change in their communities. This book offers ideas, resources, and frameworks to undertake this vital task.
Categories: Education

The Democratization Project

The Democratization Project

project, and who resisted—even using direct and indirect violence—the reformulation and extension of the democracy project to benefit the majority of the population. Following this order of ideas, in many Latin American regimes there is ...

Author: Ashok Swain

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9780857288899

Category: Political Science

Page: 199

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This volume, drawing on the work of a variety of scholars, contributes to identifying and understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by the current wave of democratization to the peace and development of the world both at the domestic level in selected countries, trends in regions of the world, and in the global system of the post-Cold War Era.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Mission

Critical Mission

This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy building, helps meet that need.

Author: Thomas Carothers

Publisher: Carnegie Endowment

ISBN: 0870032097

Category: Political Science

Page: 299

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Demand for practical knowledge and lessons about how the United States and other countries can more effectively promote democracy around the world has never been higher. This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy building, helps meet that need. Critical Mission draws together a wide-ranging set of Carothers's many seminal, widely cited essays, organized around four vital themes: the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy the core elements of democracy aid the state of democracy in the world the new U.S. push to promote democracy in the Middle EastFrom puncturing myths about promoting civil society to sizing up the prospects for democracy in the Arab world, Carothers is consistently penetrating, incisive, and challenging to policymakers, democracy activists, and scholars alike.The book also includes the only up-to-date, comprehensive bibliography on democracy promotion.
Categories: Political Science

Authorizing Appropriations for Fiscal Years 1984 85 for the Department of State the U S Information Agency the Board for International Broadcasting the Inter American Foundation the Asia Foundation to Establish the National Endowment for Democracy

Authorizing Appropriations for Fiscal Years 1984 85 for the Department of State  the U S  Information Agency  the Board for International Broadcasting  the Inter American Foundation  the Asia Foundation  to Establish the National Endowment for Democracy

However , when the academic exchange component of the democracy project is added in in both years , the program goes from $ 53,135,000 in 1983 to $ 54,786,000 in 1984 . Mr. KOSTMAYER . That relationship that I am interested in knowing ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210012873525

Category:

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