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Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemmas of the New Public Participation

Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward T. Walker


Opportunities to “have your say,” “get involved,” and “join the conversation” are everywhere in public life. From crowdsourcing and town hall meetings to government experiments with social media, participatory politics increasingly seem like a revolutionary antidote to the decline of civic engagement and the thinning of the contemporary public sphere. Many argue that, with new technologies, flexible organizational cultures, and a supportive policymaking context, we now hold the keys to large-scale democratic revitalization. This book shows that the equation may not be so simple. Modern societi ... More

Keywords: crowdsourcing, participatory politics, democratization, political action, popular participation, elite power, public participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479847273
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479847273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline W. Lee, editor

Michael McQuarrie, editor

Edward T. Walker, editor

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Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Rising Participation and Declining Democracy

Edward T. Walker, Michael McQuarrie, and Caroline W. Lee

Part II Participation and the Reproduction of Inequality

Chapter 2 Civic-izing Markets

Caroline W. Lee, Kelly McNulty, and Sarah Shaffer

Chapter 3 Workers’ Rights as Human Rights?

Steven Vallas, J. Matthew Judge, and Emily R. Cummins

Part III The Production of Authority and Legitimacy

Chapter 5 No Contest

Michael McQuarrie

Chapter 8 Patient, Parent, Advocate, Investor

David Schleifer and Aaron Panofsky

Part IV Unintended Consequences and New Opportunities

Chapter 10 Becoming a Best Practice

Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza

Part V Conclusion

Chapter 13 Realizing the Promise of Public Participation in an Age of Inequality

Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward T. Walker