Politics Is about Relationship

A Blueprint for the Citizens’ Century

Authors: Saunders, H.

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In this straightforward exploration of core problems facing humanity, Harold Saunders outlines how concerned citizens can bring about social and political change. Using examples from the U.S. to South Africa, Tajikistan to China, this book is full of real stories of how building 'relationship' among people can empower citizens outside government.

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Harold H. Saunders is Founder and Chairman of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, Director of International Affairs at the Kettering Foundation, former member of the National Security Council Staff and former Director of Intelligence and Research at the State Department. He was US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Carter Administration. He flew on the Kissinger shuttles in 1974– 75 and was a principal drafter of the Camp David accords in 1978. Since leaving governmentin 1981, he has developed a processcalled Sustained Dialogue from intensive experience in nonofficial dialogues. He is author of The Other Walls: The Arab-Israeli Peace Process in a Global Perspective, A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts, and Sustained Dialogue in Conflicts: Transformation and Change.

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"I congratulate Hal Saunders for urging practitioners, academics, and other readers to recognize those in the private sector as indispensable political actors. I can testify to the remarkable energy, ability, creativity, and determination of individuals in meeting the challenges to human progress our world faces. This ground-breaking political paradigm deserves our most serious attention." - Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and Nobel Laureate

"Hal Saunders has written an insightful and thought-provoking book that should be read by anyone concerned about improving negotiating methods and approaches." - Henry A. Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

"Hal Saunders has written a remarkable book, brimming with insights that will challenge scholars and policymakers alike. He dares to offer a unified theory of politics, allowing us to see the world whole in a way that promises to change not only what we see but also what we can do. With fascinating case studies of actual processes by which citizens transformed their world in South Africa, Tajikistan, and West Virginia, and a sophisticated and rich theoretical framework, this is a rewarding read." - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

"Information is power and in today's global information age more people have access to that power than ever before. Hal Saunders, one of America's wisest and most experienced diplomats, explains why in this world we need to look beyond governments and recognize the role of the whole body politic in crucial dialogues." - Joseph S. Nye Jr., former dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Meeting the Challenges of a World in Crisis: Engaging Whole Bodies Politic

    Pages 1-11

    Saunders, Harold H.

  • Politics Is about … ?

    Pages 15-28

    Saunders, Harold H.

  • A Proper World View, Appropriate for Its Time

    Pages 29-44

    Saunders, Harold H.

  • The Relational Paradigm: A Multilevel Process of Continuous Interaction

    Pages 47-59

    Saunders, Harold H.

  • The Concept of Relationship

    Pages 60-81

    Saunders, Harold H.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics Is about Relationship
Book Subtitle
A Blueprint for the Citizens’ Century
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Harold H. Saunders
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8341-1
DOI
10.1057/9781403983411
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7145-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-43537-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53299-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 300
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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