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Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works

Frank M. Bryan


Relying on a collection of more than three decades of firsthand research, this book examines one of the purest forms of American democracy, the New England town meeting. At these meetings, usually held once a year, all eligible citizens of the town may become legislators; they meet in face-to-face assemblies, debate the issues on the agenda, and vote on them. And although these meetings are natural laboratories for democracy, very few scholars have systematically investigated them. This book now does just that. Studying 1,500 town meetings in the state of Vermont, this book's author and his st ... More

Keywords: American democracy, New England town meetings, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, attendance, town size, conflicts, open forums, local government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226077963
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226077987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank M. Bryan, author