Civil Society The Underpinnings of American Democracy

ISBN-10: 087451925X

ISBN-13: 9780874519259

Edition: 1999

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Description: Edward Gibbon said of the ancient Athenians, "when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." America is the longest-lived democracy in the history of the world, but there are signs that our own extraordinary system faces a similar peril. A vibrant civil society, characterized by active citizen participation, is essential to a strong democracy, argues Brian O'Connell, and in his new book he offers a citizen's guide to this concept of civil society -- what it is, how it functions, its limitations and potential, and most importantly, what individuals can do to nurture and support it. It is designed to provide practical understanding and foster action among community and national leaders, including mayors, civic leaders, school boards, public administrators, independent sector leaders, scholars, and teachers. Civil Society explores the idea and the reality of citizen participation, including government's essential responsibility to preserve the freedoms that allow and encourage it. It also traces the contemporary weakening of this tradition as a result of indifference, selfishness, loss of confidence in government, governmental limits on citizen participation, the influence of special interests on elected officials, separation between the haves and have nots, intolerance and incivility. Founding president of INDEPENDENT SECTOR and first chairman of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Brian O'Connell draws on his extensive practical experience of civil society to outline concrete actions that can improve the prospects of an enduring democracy, including: - increasing the role of education in preparing students for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; - reorienting public administrators towards a greater receptivity of citizen involvement; - expanding research into and conducting regular evaluations of the state of civil society itself; - developing a concerted effort to share and apply what we already know about passing on to future generations the nation's traditions of service and generosity. In Civil Society, Brian O'Connell has created a practical handbook for elected officials, community leaders, and ordinary citizens who seek to nurture and expand this crucial dimension of a democratic society.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 3/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 169
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

SIMON COLLIN is a freelance columnist and an expert on all aspects of E-business. He is author of the E-marketing and E-commerce, also published by John Wiley Sons.MARTYN TURNER specializes in energy risk management for a major international bank in London. He has worked in the financial markets for 14 years, and holds degrees in mathematics and statistics, both from London University. BRIAN O'CONNELL has worked as a consultant in the financial markets for over 15 years. He is the author of two previous books and is a regular contributor to the financial press on risk management issues.

Preface
Which Road To Where? : False Starts, Unexpected Influences, and a Special Mentor
A Straight-Up Learning Curve: American Heart Association
Riding The Golden Bear: American Heart Association
Herding Cats, Tiger-Size: Mental Health Association
"It Won't Fly, Orville": Creating Independen Sector
Early Victories and Lessons: Independent Sector
Early Victories and Lessons: Independent Sector
Powered by Coalition: Independent Sector
What's a Community Organizer Doing Globally?: International Assignments
Bridging the Worlds of Action and Writing: Fourteen Books, From the Practitioner's View
Improbable Professor: University College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University 1995-2005
If the Past Is Prologue: For Those Going Forward
Appendix: Chief Volunteer Officers with Whom I Served
Notes
References
Selected Other Writings of Brian O'Connell
Index
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