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Public Deliberation : Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy - James Bohman

Public Deliberation

Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy

Paperback Published: 27th January 2000
ISBN: 9780262522786
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18+ years old

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How can we create a vital and inclusive pluralistic democracy? In "Public Deliberation," James Bohman offers answers to this question, showing how democratic theory and democratic practice can be remade to face new challenges. Arguing against the skepticism about democracy that flourishes today on both ends of the political spectrum, Bohman proposes a model of public deliberation that will allow expansions of democratic practice, even in the face of increasing pluralism, inequality, and social complexity. Bohman develops a realistic model of deliberation by gradually introducing and analyzing the major tests facing deliberative democracy: cultural pluralism, social inequalities, social complexity, and community-wide biases and ideologies. The result is a new understanding of the ways in which public deliberation can be extended to meet the needs of modern societies.

"... mandatory reading for anyone, undergraduate through faculty, wishing to be well grounded in the philosophy of democratic renewal." A. B. Cochran, Choice "James Bohman sharpens the case for deliberative democracy by identifying'dialogical mechanisms' that make reasons persuasive and by showing howthose mechanisms sustain the plural and dynamic character of 'publicreason.' He then convincingly deflates the claims of skeptics who holdthat democratic deliberation is wildly utopian in modern politiescharacterized by cultural pluralism, socio-economic inequality, andinstitutional complexity. In the process Bohman draws with sophisticationupon work in political thought, philosophy, and social science. Public Deliberation is a first-rate work of political theory." James Johnson, Political Science, University of Rochester

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Deliberation and Democracyp. 1
What Is Public Deliberation? A Dialogical Accountp. 23
Public Deliberation and Cultural Pluralismp. 71
Deliberative Inequalitiesp. 107
Social Complexity, Deliberative Majorities, and the Limits of Popular Sovereigntyp. 151
Social Critics, Collective Actors, and Public Deliberation: Innovation and Change in Deliberative Democracyp. 197
Conclusion: Deliberative Democracy and Its Criticsp. 237
Notesp. 249
Referencesp. 285
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780262522786
ISBN-10: 0262522780
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th January 2000
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.24  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.53