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Deliberative Democracy : Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy - Jon Elster

Deliberative Democracy

Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy

By: Jon Elster (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780521592963
Number Of Pages: 296

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It is sometimes assumed that voting is the central mechanism for political decision making. The contributors to this volume focus on an alternative mechanism, which is decision by discussion or deliberation. This volume is characterized by a realistic approach to the issue of deliberative democracy. Rather than assuming that deliberative democracy is always ideal, the authors critically probe its limits and weaknesses as well as its strengths.

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"Deliberative Democracy is a timely book by an excellent group of scholars that examines an issue of major political importance: the merits of decision making by deliberation. Everyone interested in democratic theory and practice should read this far-ranging, thoughtful, and provocative collection." Amy Gutmann, Princeton University "This thoughtful and engaging volume makes several significant contributions to our understanding of democratic deliberation. Deliberative Democracy's major insights involve the questions and challenges that it raises for our basic conceptions of deliberation and democratic decision-making. These essays place a number of important issues on the research agenda in this field." Jack Knight, Washington University in St. Louis

How do we get deliberative democracy wrong? æClaro!Æ
Deliberation as discussion
All men are liars: is democracy meaningless?
Deliberation and constitution-making
Pathologies of deliberation
Deliberation and ideological domination
Arguing for deliberation: some skeptical considerations
Democracy and liberty
Health-health tradeoffs
Full representation, deliberation, and impartiality
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ISBN: 9780521592963
ISBN-10: 0521592968
Series: Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6