The banner of deliberative democracy is attracting increasing numbers of supporters, in both the world's older and newer democracies. This effort to renew democratic politics is widely seen as a reaction to the dominance of liberal constitutionalism. But many questions surround this new project. What does deliberative democracy stand for? What difference would deliberative practices make in the real world of political conflict and public policy design? What is the relationship between deliberative politics and liberal constitutional arrangements?
The 1996 publication of Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompsons Democracy and Disagreement was a signal contribution to the ongoing debate over the role of moral deliberation in democratic politics. In Deliberative Politics an all-star cast of political, legal, and moral commentators seek to criticize, extend, or provide alternatives to Gutmann and Thompson's hopeful model of democratic deliberation. The essays discuss the value and limits of moral deliberation in politics, and take up practical policy issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and health care reform. Among the impressive roster of contributors are Norman Daniels, Stanley Fish, William A. Galston, Jane Mansbridge, Cass R. Sunstein, Michael Walzer, and Iris Marion Young, and the editor of the volume, Stephen Macedo. The book concludes with a thoughtful response from Gutmann and Thompson to their esteemed critics.
This fine collection is essential reading for anyone who takes seriously the call for a more deliberative politics.
"Each chapter [in Deliberative Politics]does indeed have something both smart and sharp to say about [Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson's Democracy and Disagreement]."--Ethics
Stephen Macedo: Introduction
Part I: The Value of Deliberative Democracy
1.: Frederick Schauer: Talking as a Decision Procedure?
2.: Ian Shapiro: Enough Deliberation: Politics is About Interests and Power
3.: William A. Galston: Diversity, Toleration, and Deliberative Democracy: Religious Minorities and Public Schooling
4.: William H. Simon: Three Limitations of Deliberative Democracy: Identity, Politics, Bad Faith, and Indeterminacy
5.: Michael Walzer: Deliberation, and What Else?
6.: Daniel A. Bell: The Problem of Implementation and the East Asian Context
7.: Stanley Fish: Mutual Respect as a Device of Exclusion
8.: Russell Hardin: Deliberation: Method Not Theory
Part II: The Limits of Deliberative Democracy
9.: Cass R. Sunstein: Agreement without Theory
10.: Iris Marion Young: Justice, Inclusion, and Deliberative Democracy
11.: Jack Knight: Constitutionalsim and Deliberative Democracy
12.: Alan Wertheimer: Internal Disagreements: Deliberation and Abortion
13.: Robert P. George: Law, Democracy, and Moral Disagreement: Comparing Slavery and Abortion
14.: Norman Daniels: Enabling Deliberative Deliberation: How Managed Care Organizations Ought to Make Decisions about Coverage for New Technologies
15.: Jane Mansbridge: The Deliberative System and Everyday Talk
Part III: Reply to CriticsAmy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson:
Series: Practical and Professional Ethics Series
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.65
Weight (kg): 0.43