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Discursive Democracy : Politics, Policy, and Political Science - John S. Dryzek

Discursive Democracy

Politics, Policy, and Political Science

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Published: 15th May 1995
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In this book, John Dryzek criticizes the dominance of instrumental rationality and objectivism in political institutions and public policy and in the practice of political science. He argues that the reliance on these kinds of politics and to technocracies of expert cultures that are not only repressive, but surprisingly ill-equipped for dealing with complex social problems. Drawing on critical theory, he outlines an alternative program for the organization of political institutions advocating a form of communicatively rational democracy, which he terms discursive democracy, that stresses the importance of active citizenship and public discourse. He draws out the limitations of instrumental rationality and investigates how policy analysis and political science may be reformed to help constitute and comprehend democracy. Discursive Democracy examines how the political process can be made more vital and meaningful. At the same time it shows how such an invigorated process will serve as a more effective agent for social problem solving.

"...John Dryzek has effectively and provocatively addressed a remarkable number of problems important to the discipline of political science and to United States and international political practice...In a discipline long on description and critique and short on remedies, Dryzek's book is a refreshing change. He combines abstract conceptual and philosophical diagnosis with specific curative recommendations." Journal of Politics "Dryzek has mastered a truly impressive range of literature, and he successfully blends an analysis of current theoretical and methodological issues with an examination of how those issues might inform the practices of a wide variety of political actors." Policy Currents "In just more than 220 pages of text, John Dryzek has effectively and provocatively addressed a remarkable number of problems important to the discipline of political science and to United States and international political practice...In a discipline long on description and critique and short on remedies, Dryzek's book is a refreshing change. He combines abstract conceptual and philosophical diagnosis with specific curative recommendations." Journal of Politics

Preface
Introduction
Democratizing rationality
Political Institutions
Discursive designs
Complexity
Discursive dynamics
International discursive designs (with Susan Hunter)
Public Policy
Policy sciences of democracy
The ambitions of policy (with Brian Ripley)
Political Science
The mismeasure of political man
The measure of political man - and woman
Progress and rationality
Conclusion
On extending democracy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521478274
ISBN-10: 0521478278
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 15th May 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35