The Innovation Journal

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, 2014

Consulting No One: Is Democratic Administration the Answer for First Nations?
ABSTRACTIn 1996, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Canada released its report, Study of Accountability Practices from the Perspective of First Nations, which found that governments and First Nations have different understandings of what is meant...
Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power
Max Haiven Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power London, UK: Zed Books, 2014Reviewed by Howard A. DoughtyThere is no absence of innovation in modern liberal democracies. Novel means of voter suppression, prosecution of whistle-blowers and vast intrusive...
Democracy as an Essentially Contested Concept
ABSTRACTMore than sixty years ago, T. D. Weldon (1953) published an influential book entitled The Vocabulary of Politics. In it he affirmed a common belief among philosophers of language that words which could not be connected to objective, measurable...
Democracy Innovation and Public Authorities: Learning from the Danish Ministry of Taxation
ABSTRACTThe aim of this article is to advance the concept of democracy innovation - a concept which has not previously been thoroughly specified in the existing literature on public sector innovation. Democracy innovation refers to innovation that leads...
Ethics and Leadership in Times of Austerity: Ontario's Courts and "Justice on Target"
ABSTRACTInefficiencies in the public service are best identified by public servants actually delivering the services. If these employees are convinced that they will be treated with respect- which includes the assurance that they will continue to be...
Futures of Democracy
Futures of Democracy Mika Mannermaa, Jim Dator and Paula Tiihonen, Eds. Democracy and Futures Helsinki: Parliament of Finland, 2006Mika MannermaaDemocracy and the Turmoil of the FutureHelsinki: Parliament of Finland, 2007Osmo Kuusim, Hanna Smith and...
Human Beings with Rights: Unions and Democracy in the 21st Century
ABSTRACTIt is often said that the cradle of democracy is the local community. In towns and cities around the world, issues of immediate practical interest to citizens are decided by elected officials who are known to the attentive public. They are accessible...
Introduction: Special Issue on Democracy
Democracy is an ancient idea with innumerable modern meanings, applications, justifications, twists, turns and outright denials. Approaching the topic means having to deal with an enormous diversity of opinion. What, if anything, is the definitive meaning...
La Mise En Oeuvre Des Mesures Agroenvironnementales Territorialisées En France : Un éLargissement De la Démocratie? L'exemple Des Régions Centre et Languedoc-Roussillon
RÉSUMÉÀ travers l'analyse de l'implantation des nouvelles mesures agroenvironnementales territorialisées (MAET) dans deux régions françaises, la Région Centre et le Languedoc- Roussillon, nous nous interrogeons sur la transformation des politiques agricoles....
Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest Is Good for Democracy
Stephen D'Arcy Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest Is Good for Democracy Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2013Reviewed by Howard A. DoughtyIt was, perhaps, hyperbole, but in the giddy atmosphere of a successful insurrection and not long before...
Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education
Henry A. Giroux Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 20143Reviewed by Howard A. DoughtyI was a little disappointed by Henry A. Giroux's most recent book, and I heartily recommend it.Let me explain.Henry A. Giroux...
Optimistic Apocalyptics
Optimistic Apocalyptics Books Discussed: Gar Alperovitz What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution White River Jct., VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013Robert JensenWe Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching,...
Proportional Representation: Redeeming the Democratic Deficit
ABSTRACTThe primary standard of democratic governance in modern societies is a system of free, fair and open elections in which the people elect representatives who govern with their consent expressed through an election process. Parliamentary or presidential...
Public Colleges and Democracy*
ABSTRACTClassical liberal democratic theorists stressed that, although formal democracy with a universal franchise was all but inevitable, the success of the democratic experiment depended upon the growth of an educated andinformed electorate. An essential...
Rousseau and Representative Democracy Reconsidered: Rehabilitating the General Will
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this discussion paper is to promote a reconsideration of the political theory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He has long been out of favour among responsible political philosophers, theorists and the very select politicians who know...
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Annalee Newitz Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction New York: Doubleday, 2013Reviewed by Michael PopejoyYes, we have seen blockbuster films, TV shows, and even Science Channel documentaries on the prospects and possibilities...
Social Capital and Local Governance Regimes: Early Childhood Development Roundtables in British Columbia
ABSTRACTThe concept of social capital has received enormous attention in the social sciences and beyond. Researchers have shown a particular interest in "neighbourhood effects" - how neighbourhood social capital and local area environments might impact...
The Algerian Chronicles
Albert Camus The Algerian Chronicles Cambridge, UK: The Belknap Press, 2013Reviewed by Howard A. DoughtyI am sitting at a keyboard just a few miles north of Toronto. It is just a few months after the fiftieth anniversary of the execution of US President...
The Angola Horror
Charity Vogel The Angola Horror CornellUniversity Press, 2013Reviewed by: Randy KazmierskiThe Angola Horror is a factual and historical publication based upon a railroad tragedy that occurred on December 18, 1867. Charity Vogel presents this interesting...
The Art of Happiness at Work
Dalaï Lama and Howard Cutler The Art of Happiness at Work London: Hodder& Stoughton, 2003Reviewed by Raymond A. LemayIn the public sector and in human services particularly, human resources - employees - are the means to the end. The old Defasco...
The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present
David Runciman The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013If there is a single political topic that has been the subject of more intellectual and popular discussion,...
The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System
Dennis Pilon The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2007Reviewed by Osvaldo CrociElectoral systems are mechanisms to turn votes into parliamentary seats. Different electoral systems have different consequences...
The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran
Saïd Amir Arjomand and Nathan J. Brown, eds. The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran Albany, NY: State University of New York, 2013Reviewed by Lexy Smith-DoughtyDemocracy as theory and practice is currently seen mainly as...
Workplace Democracy: From a Democratic Ideal to a Managerial Tool and Back
ABSTRACTIn different political theories, democracy is not reduced to state institutions, but includes the democratization of the whole society, its organizations and enterprises. This idea goes back to the beginnings of modern democratic theory and to...
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