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Democracy Deferred

Civic Leadership after 9/11

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About this book


The day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, civic leaders began to organize four coalitions that aimed to give ordinary citizens a chance to meet, to heal, and to be heard in rebuilding decisions. This book tells the inside story of the civic renewal movement they founded.


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About the authors

DAVID W. WOODS Sociologist and urban planner who specializes in urban and political sociology, global civic engagement, contemporary social movements, and urban planning. He also serves as principal of GreenWoods Associates, a consulting firm specializing in citizen participation, and urban and regional planning processes.

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“In Democracy Deferred, David W. Woods relates a story of civic engagement from his personal perspective as a participant observer. … This book … raise the important strategic question about how citizens can influence decision making in representative democracy. … most appropriate for graduate students in urban planning who are focused on a career in civic engagement as well as those studying urban sociology.” (Lynne B. Sagalyn, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol.38 (1), March, 2018)