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Frank M. Bryan

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The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. (Two volume set)
Edited by Michael Kazin

Section on New England by Frank Bryan
ISBN13: 978-0-691-12971-6
992 pages

All Those In Favor

All Those in Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community

by Susan Clark and Frank Bryan
Montpelier: RavenMark Publication, 2005

ISBN 0-9713998-1-6 Paper
88 pages (Reviews)
Real Democracy

Real Democracy:  The New England Town Meeting and How it Works

Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2004
ISBN 0-226-07796-9 Hardcover
ISBN 0-226-07797-7 Paper
297 pages (Reviews)
Readings Readings in American Government
St. Paul, Minnesota:  West Publishing Company, 1991
ISBN 0-314-85391-X Paper
513 pages
Vermont Papers The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale
by Frank Bryan and John McClaughry
Chelsea, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1989
ISBN 0-930031-19-9 Hardcover
ISBN 0-930031-31-8 Paper
308 pages
Rural States Politics in the Rural States:  People, Parties and Processes
Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1981
ISBN 0-89158-561-3 Hardcover
ISBN 0-89158-984-8 Paper
307 pages

Yankee Politics Yankee Politics in Rural Vermont
Hanover, New Hampshire:  University Press of New England, 1974
ISBN 0-87451-082-1 Hardcover
314 pages


"Foreword" in  Susan Clark and Woden Teachout, Slow Democracy (White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012).

“Political Participation” in Gary Aguiar (ed), Government in the Countryside (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2007).

“Leading America into the 21st Century” in Gary Aguiar (ed), Government in the Countryside (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2007).

“Town Meeting,”
and “Orville Gibson” in John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand, and Ralph H. Orth (eds.) The Vermont Encyclopedia (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2003).

"Direct Democracy and Civic Competence:  The Case of Town Meeting,"
in Stephen L. Elkin and Karol E. Sulton (eds.) Democracy and Citizen Competence (University Park, Pennsylvania:  The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998).

"Interest Groups," in Michael Sherman (ed.) Vermont State Government and Administration 1965-1995 (Burlington, Vermont:  The Center for Research on Vermont and the Snelling Center for Public Policy, the University of Vermont, 1998).

"Vermont:  Interest Groups in a Rural Technopolity," with Ann Hallowell in Ron Hrebenar and Clive Thomas (eds.) Interest Group Politics in the Northeast (University Park, Pennsylvania:  The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993).

"Vermont:  Of Land, People and Democracy," in C. L. Gilbert (ed.) Vermont Odysseys (Brattleboro, Vermont:  The Stephen Greene Press, 1991).

"Defining Rural:  Returning to Our Roots," in James Seroka (ed.) Public Administration in Rural America (Greenwich, Connecticut:  The Greenwood Press, 1986).

"The Rural Technopolity," in Nicholas Muller III and Sam Hand (eds.) In a State of Nature:  Readings in Vermont History

"The New England Governors" in Josephine Milburn and Victoria Schuck (eds.) New England Politics (Boston:  Schenkman Publishing Co., 1981).

"Legislative Apportionment in Vermont," in Alan Heslop (ed.), Redistricting in the 1980's (Claremont, California:  The Rose Institute of State and Local Government, 1981). (Montpelier, Vermont:  The Vermont Historical Society, 1982).


"Vermont's Genetic Code: Toward a Decentralist Manifesto," Vermont Commons (Winter 2010).

"Hill's Country," The University Bookman (Fall 2008).

"Town Meeting: A Space for Communal Liberty," Vermont Commons (Winter 2008)

"Deep Economy" by Bill McKibben Reviewed by Frank Bryan, Money in the Mountains - Issue 2 (October 31, 2007).

"The Once and Future Republic of Vermont," Washington Post  (April 1, 2007).

"Town Meeting: The People's Congress," Burlington Free Press  (March 4, 2007).

"Women Rule at Town Meeting," Burlington Free Press (March 4, 2007).

"A Schoolhouse of Civility," Sunday Rutland Herald (March 4, 2007).

"Secessionism and Vermont,"
Vermont Commons  (Winter 2007).

"The True Congress," Vermont Commons (March 2006).

"Frank Bryan: Towards Our New Republic," Vermont Commons  (Janaury 2006).

The Prodigal Nation: The Case for Vermont's Secession,” Vermont Commons  (April 2005).

The New England Town Meeting in Action” (Review) The American Political Science Review (June, 2001), 489-490.

“Town Meeting:  Keeper of the Sacred Flame,”
(Essay accompanying Vermont’s Contribution to the Smithsonian’s 20th Century Collections, Washington, DC, 2000).

“Direct Democracy and Civic Competence,” The Good Society 5 (Fall, 1995).

“Turtle on its Back,” PEGS Newsletter (December, 1993).

“Rearranging the Deck Chairs,” reprinted in The Yankee Planner 13 (Winter, 1993).

“Rearranging the Deck Chairs,” Planning Commissioners Journal (November/December, 1992).

“The Future Is Not What It Was Supposed to Be,” The Constituent (December, 1992).

“Going it Alone,” Chronicles (May/June, 1991).

“Strengthening Democratic Control:  Vermont's 1986 Election in Historical Perspective,” with Clark Bensen, Vermont History (Fall, 1988).

“Town Meeting,” The Sovereign Citizen (Fall, 1988).

“Hill Farm with Computer,” North by Northeast (June, 1988).

“A Habit of the Heart,” Upper Valley (March/April, 1988).

“Pivot Point for Democracy,” Window  of Vermont 3 (February, 1987).

“Town Meeting Debate,” Vermont Life 40 (Spring, 1986).

“The 1984 Election in Vermont,” with Clark Bensen, Vermont History (Fall, 1985).

“Trouble in the Vermont Hills,” Newsweek (March 13, 1984).

“The 1982 Election in Vermont,” with Clark Bensen, Vermont History (Fall, 1983).

“Learning Through Conflict,” Teaching Political Science (Winter, 1983).

“The Lonely Villagers:  Vermont in the Post Modern World,” Vermont (Fall, 1982).

“Rural Renaissance:  Is America on the Move Again?” Public Opinion 5 (June/July, 1982), pp. 16 21.

“Town Meetings -- A Relic,” New York Times (April 3, 1982).

“Public Bureaucracies Within States,” with David Rosenbloom, State and Local Government Review (September, 1981).

“The 1980 Elections in New England,” with Sam Hand, State Government (Spring, 1981).

“Charting the Republican Erosion,” Vermont History (Winter, 1981).

“Town Meeting:  A Rural Option for Urban America?” National Civic Review (December, 1978).

“Town Meeting–Pure Democracy in Action,” in What This Community Needs . . . An  Anthology of Advocates Views (Helena, Montana:  State Commission on Local Government, January, 1976).

“Reducing the Time-Lock in the Vermont Constitution: An Analysis of the 1974 Referendum,” Vermont History (Winter, 1976).

“Self Government Powers and Responsive Government,” Citizen's Guide to Self Government Powers (Bureau of Government Research, University of Montana, 1975).

“Asphalt in the Wilderness:  The Politics of the Green Mountain Parkway Controversy,” with Kenneth Bruno, Vermont History (Fall, 1973).

“Town Meeting Support in Vermont,” National Civic Review (July, 1972).

“People and Politics,” Chittenden (January, 1972).

“Catholic Education Aid  Yankee Style,” America (September, 1971).

“The Politics of Town Meeting Another View,” Chittenden (February, 1970).

The Metamorphosis of a Rural Legislature,  Polity (December, 1968).

The Encounter, The New England Guide (Summer, 1968).

Who is Legislating? National Civic Review (December, 1967).

Politics and Poetry, Vermonter (August, 1967).

Shadowboxing with Poverty, with Frederick J. Matkin, Rally (October, 1966).

The State That Might Have Been,  Vermonter (October, 1966).

Town Meetings or Regional Government? Vermonter (August, 1966).

Viewing the Charter, Rural Vermonter, (May, 1966).

Reapportionment and the Vermont Town, Rural Vermonter (Spring, 1964).

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