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Published: 29 January 2013

288 Pages | 13 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195377736

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Defining Democracy

Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City

Daniel O. Prosterman

  • Presents a new conceptualization of the history of democracy in the United States, with a focus on urban politics as a site of democratic experimentation and vitality.
  • Examines little-known experiment in voting undertaken in New York City during the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Argues that the Democratic and Republican parties colluded to prevent diversity in representation.
  • Connects electoral reform activism in the United States to a global movement to redefine the meaning and practice of democracy.

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