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Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy

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Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy

Can We Make American Democracy Work?

9781839108129 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Melody C. Barnes, Co-Director of the Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia, Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor and Professor of Practice at the Miller Center and a Distinguished Fellow at the UVA School of Law, Corey D.B. Walker, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, Wake Forest University and Thad Williamson, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, University of Richmond, US
Publication Date: October 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 812 9 Extent: c 240 pp
How can we create and sustain an America that never was, but should be? How can we build a robust multiracial democracy in which everyone is valued and everyone possesses political, economic and social capital? How can democracy become a meaningful way of life, for all citizens? By critically probing these questions, the editors of Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy seize the opportunity to bridge the gap between our democratic aspirations and our current reality.

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How can we create and sustain an America that never was, but should be? How can we build a truly multiracial democracy in which everyone is valued and possesses the needed political, economic and social capital so that democracy becomes a meaningful way of life, for all citizens? By critically probing these questions, the editors of Community Wealth Building and the Reconstruction of American Democracy seize the opportunity to bridge the gap between our democratic aspirations and our current reality.
 
In a moment of democratic disappointment and anxiety, politicians, policy officials, scholars and citizens desire an effective response. This book assembles new voices and novel perspectives that offer a compelling vision for democracy and the prospects and possibilities afforded by community wealth building, an emerging policy paradigm focused on community-based, creative solutions to systemic problems. The contributors explore how, by cultivating the capacities of citizens, American democracy can be revived – indeed, created – as a veritable practice of everyday life.

Scholars of democracy in political science, history, sociology, public policy, economics, African-American studies and related topics as well as policy practitioners, journalists and students will appreciate the cutting-edge work by leading scholars and the contributions from impactful practitioners from the White House to City Halls, in this discussion of the challenges facing contemporary American democracy and the prospects for reform and change.
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Contributors include: L. Balfour, M.C. Barnes, R.R. Berry, B. Brown Wilson, R. Dagger, M.Z. Gough, J.M.l Hayter, M. Kohn, J.S. Maloy, R.K. Perry, K.P. Ruscio, I. Sawhill, C.D.B. Walker, N.J.G. Winter, T. Williamson
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Contents:

Part One: Community Wealth Building and the Promise of Democratic Reconstruction
Introduction : Can We Make American Democracy Work?
Melody C. Barnes, Corey D. B. Walker, and Thad Williamson

Chapter 1: Becoming the American Community We Should Be—But Have Never Been
Melody C. Barnes and Thad Williamson

Part Two: Racial Justice and American Democracy
Chapter 2: Repairing American Democracy?
Lawrie Balfour

Chapter 3: Paideia, Politics, and the People: Deep Democracy and the New Urban Commons
Corey D. B. Walker

Part Three: Political Economy and Community Wealth Building
Chapter 4: Capitalism and the Future of Democracy
Isabel Sawhill

Chapter 5: Community Wealth Building: Lessons from Italy
Margaret Kohn

Chapter 6: A Place to Call Home? Property, Freedom, and the Commonwealth
Richard Dagger

Part Four: The Politics of Democratic Reform
Chapter 7: Achieving Accountability—Or Not—In Contemporary Times
Kenneth P. Ruscio

Chapter 8: Ranking Ballots and Policy Juries: Institutional Reforms for Further Democratization in America
Jason S. Maloy

Chapter 9: Gendered (and Racialized) Partisan Polarization
Nicholas J. G. Winter

Chapter 10: “Many New Barriers”: Democracy and Resistance to the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Julian Maxwell Hayter

Part Five: Toward a Practical Politics of Community Wealth Building
Chapter 11: Targeted Universalism in Urban Communities: Racial Discourse and Policy Rhetoric as Harmony
Ravi K. Perry

Chapter 12: Identifying Structural Racism as a Barrier to Community Wealth Building
Risha R. Berry

Chapter 13: The University as Anchor Institution in Community Wealth Building: Snapshots from Two Virginia Universities
Barbara Brown Wilson and Meghan Z. Gough

Chapter 14: Conclusion: The Promise of 21st Century Democratic Renewal
Corey D.B. Walker and Thad Williamson

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