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Why Deliberative Democracy? - Amy Gutmann

Why Deliberative Democracy?

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Published: 8th August 2004
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The most widely debated conception of democracy in recent years is deliberative democracy--the idea that citizens or their representatives owe each other mutually acceptable reasons for the laws they enact. Two prominent voices in the ongoing discussion are Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson. In "Why Deliberative Democracy?," they move the debate forward beyond their influential book, "Democracy and Disagreement."

What exactly is deliberative democracy? Why is it more defensible than its rivals? By offering clear answers to these timely questions, Gutmann and Thompson illuminate the theory and practice of justifying public policies in contemporary democracies. They not only develop their theory of deliberative democracy in new directions but also apply it to new practical problems. They discuss bioethics, health care, truth commissions, educational policy, and decisions to declare war. In "What Deliberative Democracy Means," which opens this collection of essays, they provide the most accessible exposition of deliberative democracy to date. They show how deliberative democracy should play an important role even in the debates about military intervention abroad.

"Why Deliberative Democracy?" contributes to our understanding of how democratic citizens and their representatives can make justifiable decisions for their society in the face of the fundamental disagreements that are inevitable in diverse societies. Gutmann and Thompson provide a balanced and fair-minded approach that will benefit anyone intent on giving reason and reciprocity a more prominent place in politics than power and special interests.

"This is a great book by two leading thinkers that will certainly add to the current debate on deliberative democracy. Though the literature on the subject has grown in the last few years, many important issues remain to be addressed. Gutmann and Thompson's book addresses these issues." - Leonardo Avritzer, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, author of Democracy and Public Space in Latin America"

Prefacep. vii
What Deliberative Democracy Meansp. 1
What Is Deliberative Democracy?p. 3
How Democratic Is Deliberation?p. 8
What Purposes Does Deliberative Democracy Serve?p. 10
Why Is Deliberative Democracy Better Than Aggregative Democracy?p. 13
What Kind of Deliberative Democracy?p. 21
How Far Should Deliberative Democracy Reach?p. 29
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Theoretical Objections?p. 40
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Practical Objections?p. 48
Whither Deliberative Democracy?p. 56
Moral Conflict and Political Consensusp. 64
Principles of Preclusionp. 66
Principles of Accommodationp. 79
A Public Philosophyp. 90
Deliberative Democracy beyond Processp. 95
Why Reciprocity Requires Deliberationp. 98
Why Reciprocity Requires Substantive Principlesp. 102
Why the Principles Should Be Morally Provisionalp. 110
Why the Principles Should Be Politically Provisionalp. 116
When Moral and Political Judgments Conflictp. 119
Why Deliberative Democracy Is Differentp. 125
Democratic Responses to Disagreementp. 127
Principles of Deliberative Democracyp. 133
Just Deliberation about Health Carep. 139
Accessible Reasonsp. 144
Moral Reasonsp. 147
Respectful Reasonsp. 151
Revisable Reasonsp. 156
The Moral Foundations of Truth Commissionsp. 160
The Moral Burdenp. 163
The Realist Responsep. 166
The Compassionate Responsep. 170
The Historicist Responsep. 175
Democratic Reciprocityp. 178
The Economy of Moral Disagreementp. 181
Notesp. 189
Acknowledgmentsp. 207
Previous Works Jointly Authored by Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompsonp. 209
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780691120195
ISBN-10: 0691120196
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 8th August 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.34