Why Deliberative Democracy?

ISBN-10: 0691120196

ISBN-13: 9780691120195

Edition: 2004

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Description: 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. InWhy 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.

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Dennis Thompson is Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy and Associate Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of The Democratic Citizen: Social Science and Democratic Theory in the Twentieth Century, John Stuart Mill and Representative Government, and coauthor (with Amy Gutmann) of Democracy and Disagreement.

Preface
What Deliberative Democracy Means
What Is Deliberative Democracy?
How Democratic Is Deliberation?
What Purposes Does Deliberative Democracy Serve?
Why Is Deliberative Democracy Better Than Aggregative Democracy?
What Kind of Deliberative Democracy?
How Far Should Deliberative Democracy Reach?
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Theoretical Objections?
How Can Deliberative Democrats Respond to Practical Objections?
Whither Deliberative Democracy?
Moral Conflict and Political Consensus
Principles of Preclusion
Principles of Accommodation
A Public Philosophy
Deliberative Democracy beyond Process
Why Reciprocity Requires Deliberation
Why Reciprocity Requires Substantive Principles
Why the Principles Should Be Morally Provisional
Why the Principles Should Be Politically Provisional
When Moral and Political Judgments Conflict
Why Deliberative Democracy Is Different
Democratic Responses to Disagreement
Principles of Deliberative Democracy
Just Deliberation about Health Care
Accessible Reasons
Moral Reasons
Respectful Reasons
Revisable Reasons
The Moral Foundations of Truth Commissions
The Moral Burden
The Realist Response
The Compassionate Response
The Historicist Response
Democratic Reciprocity
The Economy of Moral Disagreement
Notes
Acknowledgments
Previous Works Jointly Authored by Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompson
Index
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