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By Ben Berger

Handwringing approximately political apathy is as outdated as democracy itself. As early as 425 BC, the playwright Aristophanes ridiculed his fellow Athenians for gossiping available in the market rather than balloting. in additional fresh a long time, demands better civic engagement as a democratic cure-all have met with common contract. yet how realistic--or helpful--is it to count on electorate to commit extra consciousness and effort to politics? In Attention Deficit Democracy, Ben Berger offers a stunning new standpoint at the challenge of civic engagement, difficult idealists who aspire to revolutionize democracies and their electorate, but in addition taking factor with cynics who imagine that electorate cannot--and desire not--do better.
"Civic engagement" has turn into an unwieldy and complicated catchall, Berger argues. we must always speak rather than political, social, and ethical engagement, understanding which types of engagement make democracy paintings larger, and the way we'd advertise them. concentrating on political engagement and taking Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt as his courses, Berger identifies how one can in achieving the political engagement we need and wish with out resorting to coercive measures resembling obligatory nationwide carrier or needed voting.
through offering a practical account of the worth of political engagement and useful ideas for making improvements to it, whereas fending off proposals we will by no means wish to accomplish, Attention Deficit Democracy makes a persuasive case for a public philosophy that a lot of the general public can really endorse.

Attention Deficit Democracy: the anomaly of civic engagement has been named the Winner of the NASSP (North American Society for Social Philosophy) 2012 e-book Award because the most sensible social philosophy booklet released in 2011. prior winners contain Amartya Sen, G.A. Cohen, Will Kymlicka and Seyla Benhabib.
It used to be additionally named one of many most sensible 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011 by
Zocalo Public sq., a venture of the heart for Social Cohesion.

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