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Democratic Autonomy Public Reasoning about the Ends of Policy

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ISBN-10: 0195150910

ISBN-13: 9780195150919

Edition: 2002

Authors: Henry S. Richardson, Henry Richardson

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What would our decision-making procedures look like if they were actually guided by the much-discussed concept of "deliberative democracy"? What does rule by the people for the people entail? And how can a modern government's reliance on administrative agencies be reconciled with this populist ideal? What form must democratic reasoning take in the modern administrative state? Democratic Autonomy squarely faces these challenges to the deliberative democratic ideal. It identifies processes of reasoning that avert bureaucratic domination and bring diverse people into political agreement. To bridge our differences intelligently, Richardson argues, we cannot rely on instrumentalist approaches to…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Henry S. Richardsonis Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Why Public Reasoning?
Freedom and Legitimacy
Three Conceptions of Nonarbitrariness
The Case for a Qualified Populism
Democratic Rule Must Be Reasoned
Equality in a Deliberative Democracy
The Nature of Public Reasoning
Types of Practical Reasoning
The Naivete of Agency Instrumentalism
The Stupidity of the Cost-Benefit Standard
Truth and Delegated Deliberation
Deep Compromise
Forging Joint Intentions and Shared Ends
Instituting Public Reasoning
The Public
Representative Government
Majority Rule As a Closure Device
Democratic Rulemaking
The Democratic Treatment of Risk