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Commons DemocracyReading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States$
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Dana D. Nelson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268382

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268382.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

“Those Wayward, Multitudinous People”

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(p.173) Conclusion
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Commons Democracy
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Dana D. Nelson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268382.003.0007

The vernacular, daily, ordinariness of commons democracy was neither an obstacle to the cultivation of the Framers’ liberal, representative democracy nor a misunderstanding of it. Rather, it was the cultural, practiced ground on which the United States’ fabled democratic institutions took root and held. As such, both its legacy and its lessons for democratic practice in the United States are vital. The conclusion summarizes the historical lessons and theoretical challenges of commons democracy.

Keywords:   commons democracy, democracy’s middle way, fragile sovereignty, law rule, ownership-in-common, paradox of politics, The People, popular sovereignty, self-rule, stewardship

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