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Deliberation, Participation and Democracy
Can the People Govern?
Edited by Shawn W. Rosenberg
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
09 Nov 2007
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Political participation is falling and citizen alienation and cynicism are increasing. A growing number of philosophers and political practitioners have advocated for a more deliberative form of democracy in response to evidence of this decline in the traditional mechanisms of democracy. This volume brings together leading scholars in the US and Europe who for the first time represent the full panorama of research aspects and methods applicable to deliberative democracy as a means of political participation. The topics they investigate include general political talk, dialogue groups, jury deliberations, citizen deliberation, parliamentary discussion and public policy impacts. Four of the leading philosopher advocates of deliberative democracy then contribute their commentaries on this groundbreaking empirical research and the significant questions it raises regarding the conception and practice of deliberative democracy.


Description

Political participation is falling and citizen alienation and cynicism are increasing. A growing number of philosophers and political practitioners have advocated for a more deliberative form of democracy in response to evidence of this decline in the traditional mechanisms of democracy. This volume brings together leading scholars in the US and Europe who for the first time represent the full panorama of research aspects and methods applicable to deliberative democracy as a means of political participation. The topics they investigate include general political talk, dialogue groups, jury deliberations, citizen deliberation, parliamentary discussion and public policy impacts. Four of the leading philosopher advocates of deliberative democracy then contribute their commentaries on this groundbreaking empirical research and the significant questions it raises regarding the conception and practice of deliberative democracy.


Contents

Introduction: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Research on Deliberative Democracy; S.W.Rosenberg
PART I: EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF DEMOCRATIC DELIBERATION
Who Deliberates? Discursive Participation in America; F.L.Cook, M.D.Carpini & L.Jacobs
The Democratic Potential of Civic Dialogue; K.C.Walsh
Deliberation and Agreement; C.List
Deliberation in Legislatures; A.Bachtiger, M.Sporndli, M.Steenbergen & J.Steiner
How People Deliberate about Justice; T.Mendelberg & C.Karpowitz
Types of Discourse and the Democracy of Deliberation; S.W.Rosenberg
Minipublics: Deliberative Designs and their Consequences; A.Fung
Deliberation with a Purpose: Reconnecting Communities and Schools; S.Weatherford & L.McDonnell
PART II: THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
Deliberative Democracy; J.Cohen
Theory, Evidence and the Tasks of Deliberation; J.Dryzek
Deliberative Democracy or Democratic Deliberation; J.Mansbridge
Institutionalizing Deliberative Democracy; M.Warren


Authors

SHAWN W. ROSENBERG is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Political Psychology at the University of California, Irvine, USA. His work focuses on political cognition, communication and democratic citizenship. A recipient of the ISPP Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement, Rosenberg has also written three prize winning books: Political Reasoning and Cognition (with D. Ward and S. Chilton), Reason, Ideology and Politics and The Not So Common Sense.