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Public Deliberation Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy

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ISBN-10: 0262522780

ISBN-13: 9780262522786

Edition: 2000 (Reprint)

Authors: James Bohman

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Deliberation and Democracy
What Is Public Deliberation? A Dialogical Account
Public Deliberation and Cultural Pluralism
Deliberative Inequalities
Social Complexity, Deliberative Majorities, and the Limits of Popular Sovereignty
Social Critics, Collective Actors, and Public Deliberation: Innovation and Change in Deliberative Democracy
Conclusion: Deliberative Democracy and Its Critics
Notes
References
Index