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Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement by Ben Berger

By Ben Berger

Handwringing approximately political apathy is as outdated as democracy itself. As early as 425 BC, the playwright Aristophanes ridiculed his fellow Athenians for gossiping out there rather than vote casting. in additional contemporary a long time, demands larger civic engagement as a democratic cure-all have met with common contract. yet how realistic--or helpful--is it to count on voters to dedicate extra awareness and effort to politics? In Attention Deficit Democracy, Ben Berger offers a stunning new standpoint at the challenge of civic engagement, demanding idealists who aspire to revolutionize democracies and their electorate, but in addition taking factor with cynics who imagine that electorate cannot--and desire not--do better.
"Civic engagement" has turn into an unwieldy and complicated catchall, Berger argues. we should always speak rather than political, social, and ethical engagement, realizing which varieties of engagement make democracy paintings greater, and the way we would advertise them. targeting political engagement and taking Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt as his courses, Berger identifies how you can in attaining the political engagement we need and wish with out resorting to coercive measures reminiscent of obligatory nationwide provider or obligatory voting.
through delivering a practical account of the worth of political engagement and useful techniques for making improvements to it, whereas keeping off proposals we will by no means desire to accomplish, Attention Deficit Democracy makes a persuasive case for a public philosophy that a lot of the general public can really endorse.

Attention Deficit Democracy: the ambiguity of civic engagement has been named the Winner of the NASSP (North American Society for Social Philosophy) 2012 e-book Award because the top social philosophy ebook released in 2011. prior winners contain Amartya Sen, G.A. Cohen, Will Kymlicka and Seyla Benhabib.
It was once additionally named one of many most sensible 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011 by
Zocalo Public sq., a venture of the guts for Social Cohesion.

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