Town Hall Meetings and the Death of Deliberation

By Jonathan Beecher Field

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From the publisher:

Jonathan Beecher Field, AB ’91, 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 and/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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