Practical Politics

Five Principles for a Community That Works
Author: Michael K. Briand
Paper – $28
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1999
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About the Book

This wise and sensible guide to practicing democracy will be invaluable to members of community and neighborhood organizations, parent-teacher associations, local government, citizens groups, and other grass-roots organizations.


"Refreshing. . . . It is both hand-wringing and relevant, deeply critical of the state of public life and yet built on practical recommendations for improving matters. Briand is well-versed in academic political science and moral philosophy, and has been influenced by recent public moralizers like Robert Bellah, Christopher Lasch, and Jean Bethke Elshtain. . . . Practical Politics is pragmatism at its best: high ideals brought down to process." — David Steigerwald, The Civic Arts Review

"I highly recommend this book to planners and others interested in getting a better understanding of local political decision-making processes. . . . The book succeeds because it addresses the complexities of local political decision making, then uses solid narrative examples to argue against 'political consumerism' and for the principles of 'practical politics.'" -- Judson C. Edwards, Abstracts of Public Administration