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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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Democracy as Problem Solving

Souza Briggs

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This book discusses whether the efforts being made by individuals and institutions globally to bring change in democratic ways can provide a workable recipe for addressing community problems. Efforts are being made to construct and use effective forms of civic capacity through collective action in six cities including Mumbai (Bombay) in India; Salt Lake City and San Francisco in the United States; Cape Town in South Africa; Pittsburgh in the United States; and São Paulo in Brazil. The book discusses the concept of civic capacity, which is an important source for collective problemsolving, and emphasizes how it is developed and deployed by political actors in diverse contexts. Its aim is to solve public problems on the local level and also to provide insights into implementation models, barriers to success, institutional conflicts, and lack of trust among pressure groups.

Keywords:   community problems, civic capacity, collective problemsolving, institutional conflicts, pressure groups

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