Toward an Ethic of Citizenship: Creating a Culture of Democracy for the 21st Century William Dustin

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Published: January 11th 2000

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260 pages


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Toward an Ethic of Citizenship: Creating a Culture of Democracy for the 21st Century  by  William Dustin

Toward an Ethic of Citizenship: Creating a Culture of Democracy for the 21st Century by William Dustin
January 11th 2000 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 260 pages | ISBN: | 8.27 Mb

The idea for this book arose out of a little known political scandal, known as phonegate, that occurred in Minnesota in the early 1990s in which a number of legislators were found to have been abusing their phone privileges. The hubris of theMoreThe idea for this book arose out of a little known political scandal, known as phonegate, that occurred in Minnesota in the early 1990s in which a number of legislators were found to have been abusing their phone privileges. The hubris of the legislature in response to the discovery of this abuse not only made me rather angry, but, since I had been called for jury duty the year before, gave me the idea that service in the legislature ought to be a duty of citizenship like jury duty.

Although the idea of the citizen legislature goes back to Aristotle, serious consideration of it raises the question of what is meant by citizenship and representation. This book addresses that question. It is an attempt to develop a model of citizenship in which representation is simultaneously a fundamental right and the highest obligation. After developing these ideas at a rather high level of abstraction, the book concludes with a proposed constitutional amendment for the State of Minnesota to illustrate how the model will work in practice.



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