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ERIC Number: ED510128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9239-9331-3
Civic Agency and the Cult of the Expert: A Study for the Kettering Foundation
Boyte, Harry C.
Kettering Foundation
In this paper, the author provides a buffet of ideas to make a coherent case for a democracy in which citizens can be truly sovereign by becoming the agents of their own destiny. He traces the history of various trends which threaten the development of civic agency: technocracy, specialism, and a consumer-view of the citizen, among others. He also draws on his experience in the Obama campaign to explain how even organizations that have benefited from grassroots civic agency have a tendency to relapse into the habit of simply mobilizing the troops to push predetermined issue agendas. But he also identifies signs of a new civic movement already impacting the fields of development, public health, resource management, climate change, and education reform. He concludes by presenting a modular, visual comparison of three frameworks for civic engagement: distributive justice, communitarian, and civic agency. (Contains 41 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kettering Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota