Town Hall Meetings and the Death of Deliberation

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Jonathan Beecher Field

Jonathan Beecher Field tracks the permutations of the town hall meeting from its original context as a form of democratic community governance in New England into a format for presidential debates and a staple of corporate governance. In its contemporary iteration, the town hall meeting models the aesthetic of the former but replaces actual democratic deliberation with a spectacle that involves no immediate electoral stakes or functions as a glorified press conference. Urgently, Field notes that though this evolution might be apparent, evidence suggests many U.S. citizens don’t care to differentiate.

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  • edition
    1
  • isbn
    978-1-4529-6422-5
  • issn
    2373-5074
  • publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
  • publisher place
    Minneapolis, MN
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    Town Hall Meetings and the Death of Deliberation by Jonathan Beecher Field is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
  • rights holder
    Jonathan Beecher Field
  • rights territory
    World
  • series number
    35
  • series title
  • version
    1.0
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