The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government

The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government

The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government

The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government

Synopsis

A reissue of a classic work in American political theory that addresses issues of participatory democracy being debated today.

Known mostly for her pioneering work in managerial theory, Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933) was also an astute political theorist. In The New State (1918), she wrote a classic work in democratic political theory. Her vision of citizens gathering into neighborhood centers and engaging in civic dialogue continues to inform recent calls to strengthen American democracy from below. Next to John Dewey's The Public and Its Problems (1927), The New State stands as one of the most important political works that grew out of the Progressive Era in American history.

Having organized neighborhood discussion groups before World War I, Follett traces the dynamics she noticed in these forums and develops some core concepts useful for those working on questions of public deliberation today. She also shows how deliberation informs debates that raged in political theory during her own era, discussing the works of pluralists, idealists, and pragmatists and making important arguments about the relationship between socialism and democracy.

With preliminary essays by Benjamin Barber and Jane Mansbridge, plus a historical introduction provided by Kevin Mattson, this reissued edition will be of use to scholars and activists who are currently working on issues of democratic participation, civic education, and public deliberation.

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