Citizenship is now a key battleground in the fight over the direction of personal and political morality, domestic and global policy, social justice and the spread of violence across the world. Market Citizenship: Experiments in Democracy and Globalization offers a compelling account of the past and future of citizenship. Drawing on a rich fund of empirical material, author Amanda Root analyzes a new paradigm of social relations: market citizenship.
Chapter 10: Changing What We Know: Defending Public Scrutiny
Whether in favour or against them, there is a consensus that mechanisms for openness and investigation determine how the state operates and they, in turn, determine social health to some extent. For example, neo-conservatives in the USA have recently been labelled as Leninist. It would not shame the most economistic Marxist to compare ideas about how social change happens with a believer in market superceding the state. Francis Fukuyama, a former advocate of neo-conservative strategies, has made the point that ‘the Bush administration turned Leninist’ when it thought that it could impose democracy in Iraq just through military might without making sure that the necessary elements of civil and state society were ...