Transformational Politics

Theory, Study, and Practice

Edited by Stephen Woolpert, Christa Daryl Slaton, and Edward W. Schwerin

Subjects: Political Psychology
Paperback : 9780791439463, 298 pages, August 1998
Hardcover : 9780791439456, 298 pages, August 1998

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Table of contents

Preface: Paths to Transformational Politics


Introduction: What Is Transformational Politics?

Christa Daryl Slaton, Stephen Woolpert, and Ed Schwerin

Part I. The Theory of Transformational Politics

1. An Overview of the Emerging Political Paradigm: A Web of Transformational Theories

Christa Daryl Slaton

2. A Theory for Transforming Political Science: The Truth Quest as a Paradigm for Politics

Louis Herman

3. A Theory for Transforming the Self: Moving Beyond the Nation-State

Manfred Halpern

4. A Theory for Transforming Political Community: Applying Chaos and Feminist Theory

Barbara Knight

5. The Theory of a Transformational Political Movement: Green Political Theory

Daniel Neal Graham

Part II. The Study of Transformational Politics

6. Transformational Research and Teaching: An Overview

Ed Schwerin

7. Transformational Research: A Groups Approach

Marla Brettschneider

8. The Study of Transformational Politics: Participant Observation and Objectivity

Betty Zisk

9. A Transformational Pedagogy: The Politics of Gender

Gale Harrison

10. Transformational Teaching: As if Students and Faculty Really Mattered

Jeff Fishel and Morley Segal

Part III. The Practice of Transformational Politics

11. The Practice of Transformational Politics: An Overview

Stephen Woolpert

12. Transforming Representative Democracy: Four Real-Life Experiments in Teledemocracy

Ted Becker

13. Transformational Political Leadership: Insights from the Example of Vaclav Havel

Robert J. Gilbert

14. Transforming Public Policy: Beyond Affirmative Action

Michael S. Cummings

15. Transformational Political Groups: The Political Psychology of the Green Movement

Stephen Woolpert




Argues that traditional political science is failing to identify and address fundamental political phenomena of our time and proposes an alternative value-based political science.


Winner of the 1999 Best Book in Ecological and Transformational Politics presented by the American Political Science Association's Section on Ecological and Transformational Politics

The discipline of political science has reached a crossroads. The frequency with which terms such as "post-liberal," "post-modern," "post-patriarchical," "post-materialist," and "post-structural" are used in contemporary political discourse testifies to the pervasive conviction that an era has ended. Similarly, phrases such as "new world order," "new paradigm," "new age," and "third wave" convey the widely-shared expectation that what lies ahead politically will be qualitatively unlike what has gone before. Transformational Politics argues that traditional political science is failing to identify and address fundamental political phenomena of our time and proposes an alternative value-based political science that not only studies phenomena, but also uses knowledge to promote democracy, sustainability, and social conscience.

Part I of the book defines transformational political theory as an emerging paradigm and draws on a wide array of theories—empowerment, feminist, democratic, communitarian, chaos, quantum, conflict resolution, self-actualization. Part II examines how a transformational perspective guides the study of politics in both research and teaching. Part III offers guidance about how to practice the theory and apply the study with a concern for creating a better world.

Stephen Woolpert is Professor of Government at Saint Mary's College of California; Christa Daryl Slaton is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master in Public Administration Program, Auburn University; and Edward W. Schwerin is Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Florida Atlantic University–Davie.


"Transformational Politics will primarily interest adherents of the transformational political paradigm, but it may find a large audience among those interested in the Green movement and alternative methods for teaching and research. " — Southeastern Political Review

"The information in this book is cutting edge scholarship. This is the first full-scale attempt to pull together the vision and perspectives of the Transformational Politics group into a coherent statement that can be shared among themselves and with other scholars. The book will be the reference document for this branch of study for some time. " — Lester W. Milbrath, State University of New York at Buffalo, Emeritus

"I am very enthusiastic about the work. As a teacher and a researcher, I found that the book provides rich teaching material and a wonderful synthesis of valuable resources. " — Richard Couto, University of Richmond