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We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America
by Peter Levine
Peter Levine defends the principles that motivate today's best civic renewal efforts, shows that these experiments have already reached substantial scale, analyzes the opposition that they face, and proposes a strategy to turn them into a movement that can tackle America's most serious social problems.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published October 7th 2013 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 26, 2014 Russell Fox rated it 3 of 5 stars
Peter Levine has been one of my favorite bloggers (see here: http://peterlevine.ws/) for about as many years as I've been aware of blogs. He has been a constant, unflagging, reliably insightful observer of national politics, and particularly the way our political culture and constitutional and electoral systems either encourage, or (more often, unfortunately) discourage, the sort of civic action and participatory decision-making and democracy that is closest to his heart. This book of his expres ...more
Makes a clear and cogent case for more civic engagement focused on bridging differences rather than advocacy work centered on "beating" the other side. What remains to be seen is whether the nascent civic renewal movement, which Peter argues has more than a million participants, can take a more self-conscious and self-sustaining role on the national stage--a lot of this work is currently either too local or too dependent on foundation support to be that assertive. But we need it.