Conclusion A Lovers' Quarrel

in Real Democracy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226077963
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226077987 | DOI:
Conclusion A Lovers' Quarrel

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Real democracy requires, first, governments small enough to give a significant number of citizens a significant chance to make a significant difference on a significant number of issues. Second, real democracy requires larger governments that trust their citizens enough to let them make mistakes on matters of importance: not all important matters. Not most important matters, but some important matters. Decentralism and empowerment: put these two requirements together and citizens will participate in governance to a degree that will dramatically transcend expectations. Real democracy not only will live, it will flourish. This book claims that history is moving slowly toward a time when the first requirement (smaller communities) will be satisfied, when we will come to understand that the term “global village” was a silly oxymoron born of our exuberance over third-generation (but still embryonic) computer technology.

Keywords: real democracy; decentralism; empowerment; governance; small communities; global village; computer technology

Chapter.  9010 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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