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Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Xavier de Souza Briggs


Complexity, division, mistrust, and “process paralysis” can thwart leaders and others when they tackle local challenges. This book shows how civic capacity—the capacity to create and sustain smart collective action—can be developed and used. In an era of sharp debate over the conditions under which democracy can develop while broadening participation and building community, it argues that understanding and building civic capacity is crucial for strengthening governance and changing the state of the world in the process. More than managing a contest among interest groups or spurring deliberatio ... More

Keywords: process paralysis, democracy, urban growth, economic restructuring, business, nongovernmental sector, accountability, grassroots, grasstops

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xavier de Souza Briggs, author