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ISBN: 9780930031312
Year Added to Catalog: 2006
Book Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 6 x 9, 320 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 0930031318
Release Date: January 4, 1991
Web Product ID: 5

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The Vermont Papers

Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale

by Frank Bryan, John McClaughry

This is a book with a rare and poignant feel for locality that speaks eloquently to the larger dilemmas of democracy in a mass society.

Benjamin Barber, author of The Conquest of Politics and Professor, Rutgers University

The Vermont Papers proposes a radical change in government. The authors are passionate advocates of such basic American values as self-reliance, tolerance, community aid, diversity, and liberty. Their subject is the plight of democracy in America. They argue that Vermont can show the rest of the nation how to govern itself democratically in the next century.

Bypassed by the industrial revolution, Vermont is poised to leap into the 21st century. With its tradition of strong, local town government buttressed by the growth of information technology, Vermont is ready to make a breakthrough toward a postmodern, human-scale democracy. Bryan and McClaughry propose a system of government through bio-regionally based shires that will become new and vital little republics.

Power will devolve from the state to the shires, with each shire small enough to be known, governed, and loved by each one of its citizens. The state's responsibilities will focus, instead, on such issues as air and water pollution, civil rights and liberties, and relations with other states and nations. The authors give detailed, specific recommendations, and show clearly how the new democracy will work.


About the Authors

Frank Bryan

Frank Bryan is the McCullough Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont. He is the author of several books and articles on state and local government and democracy. ...

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John McClaughry

John McClaughry, a former White House policy advisor, is a state senator and writes regularly on public policy issues for national media. ...

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