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A Different Way of Thinking—Another Way of Relating

  • Harold H. Saunders

Abstract

Politics is about relationships among significant clusters of citizens in a cumulative, multilevel, and open-ended process of continuous interaction over time in whole bodies politic across permeable borders, either within or between countries or communities. In a whole body politic, citizens inside government must perform their tasks wisely, effectively, justly, and compassionately. In a whole body politic, citizens outside government must engage in the work of the body politic to do for themselves and for the greater good what governments cannot do. In a whole body politic, citizens inside and outside government together must relate in mutually respectful and productive ways. The political project of the twenty-first century—the citizens’ century—is to build whole bodies politic.

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Chapter Five A Different Way of Thinking—Another Way of Relating

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    Harold H. Saunders, The Other Walls: The Arab-Israeli Peace Process in a Global Perspective (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991).Google Scholar
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    Harold H. Saunders, A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic conflicts (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999; Palgrave paperback, 2001).Google Scholar

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