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Democracy Inside: Participatory Innovation in Unlikely Places

Albert W. Dzur


This book develops a grounded theory of democratic change, citizen agency, and institutions as fields of action. Across the United States democratic professionals are creating innovative power-sharing arrangements in institutions that are usually hierarchical and non-participatory. Often involving laypeople who would not consider themselves activists or even engaged citizens, democratic professionals break down internal barriers, foster social proximity, encourage co-ownership of problems previously seen as beyond laypeople’s abilities, and seek out opportunities for collaborative work. The bo ... More

Keywords: theories of democracy, professionals, professionalism, power, K-12 education, criminal justice, public administration, restorative justice, democratic innovation, citizen participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190658663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190658663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert W. Dzur, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Bowling Green State University