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Handwringing approximately political apathy is as outdated as democracy itself.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 balloting. in additional contemporary a long time, demands larger civic engagement as a democratic cure-all have met with frequent contract. yet how realistic--or helpful--is it to count on voters to commit extra recognition and effort to politics? In Attention Deficit Democracy, Ben Berger presents a stunning new viewpoint at the challenge of civic engagement, hard idealists who aspire to revolutionize democracies and their voters, but additionally taking factor with cynics who imagine that voters cannot--and want not--do better.
"Civic engagement" has turn into an unwieldy and complicated catchall, Berger argues. we must always speak rather than political, social, and ethical engagement, knowing which different types of engagement make democracy paintings higher, and the way we would advertise them. concentrating on political engagement and taking Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt as his publications, Berger identifies how one can in achieving the political engagement we'd like and want with no resorting to coercive measures equivalent to obligatory nationwide provider or crucial voting.
via offering a pragmatic account of the worth of political engagement and sensible options for bettering it, whereas fending off proposals we will be able to by no means wish 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 publication Award because the top social philosophy publication released in 2011. past winners comprise Amartya Sen, G.A. Cohen, Will Kymlicka and Seyla Benhabib.
It was once additionally named one of many best 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011 by
Zocalo Public sq., a venture of the heart for Social Cohesion.

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