From Library Journal
ERA, Mansbridge believes, would have brought little direct change, but its influence on attitudes and on state legislation would have been substantial. Examining the ideologies and strategies of supporters and opponents, Mansbridge's thorough study views the campaign as a case study of voluntary organizations. She finds that both those who worked for and against ERA adopted strong interpretations of its effects both to justify the efforts of volunteers and to inspire them. The clear, perceptive text is amplified by tables and informative notes. Mansbridge's social scientist's analysis pairs well with the historical perspective of Mary Frances Berry's Why ERA Failed ( LJ 9/1/86). Recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Drake McFeely, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
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From the Back Cover
In this work, Jane Mansbridge's fresh insights uncover a significant democratic irony - the development of self-defeating, contradictory forces within a democratic movement in the course of its struggle to promote its version of the common good. Mansbridge's book is absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in democratic theory and practice.