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Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities.

Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of -slow- to our community decision making. Just as slow foo
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Paperback, 241 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published October 1st 2012)
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Roderick Wolfson
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Slow Democracy is a profound book of hope. It provided many insights in the midst of an election season and while I was attending local zoning and commissioners' hearings. Thanks to authors Clark and Teachout, I understand the problems I've been seeing and they have given me inspired ideas on how to address them. I recommend Slow Democracy to government office holders and staff members who are open to questioning whether their citizens are engaged meaningfully in hearings and other government pr ...more
Jennifer
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Rediscovering community, bringing decision making back home" is the premise of Slow Democracy. In America today, politics have become increasingly polarized, especially on the national level. However, some communities are discovering that by bridging political divides and working together through a deliberative process, they can make decisions that benefit their entire community. The book is well written and thoughtful, citing many studies on how people think and receive information and how del ...more
Chris Brimmer
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-policy
This is an important book that poses some fundamental questions about regional political culture and the relationship between the people and their government, I was so willing to accept what was written that I had to read it twice to regain any claim of objectivity. When we meet in our little township (ballpark around 600 voters) of Ryegate Vermont once a year, we the people sit as the legislature, we vote budgets, policies, resolution questions and elect officers to carry out what we, sitting a ...more
Melissa Robinson
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: democracy
I love the concept of slow democracy being rooted in local communities with community members taking an active role in shaping public policy. The stories of the communities that have used slow democracy methods are inspiring. The librarian in me, however, cringed while reading yet another book on civic/ community engagement that completely ignores the vital role that public libraries can and do play in civil discourse. Libraries should be natural partners in slow democracy. They are rooted in th ...more
Tom Randell
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
So I've been described as a conservative, and in todays world of absolutes one would think a book on economics by individuals with a liberal bent would be off putting. It wasn't I read and enjoyed the entire book and found the examples and success stories brought hope to whoever might read them.

This is another excellent choice for individuals who wish to increase the quality of there community through positive economic action.

T.R.D.
J
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book inspired me to rethink what frustrates me politically. It reminded me I live in community with people who just like me are frustrates out of personal passion and not intense hatred of their fellow man. I was planning to run for local office but now seek to form local coalitions first. Perhaps the running for office will slip from my radar.
Mathieu Perron
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it


Starts off very strong but tapers off in final 2 sections. There are only a few passing references to direct democracy (which greatly resembles SD proposition) which seems like an odd choice.
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A more authentic prescription for a return to the deomocratic principles of our founding fathers - a hope for wresting ourselves from the radical right.
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