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Innovative forums that integrate citizen deliberation into policy making are revitalizing democracy in many places around the world. Yet controversy abounds over whether these forums ought to be seen as authentic sources of public opinion and how they should fit with existing political institutions. How can civic forums include less powerful citizens and ensure that their perspectives are heard on equal terms with more privileged citizens, officials, and policy experts? How can these fragile institutions communicate citizens' policy preferences effectively and legitimately to the rest of the political system? Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums proposes creative solutions for improving equality and publicity, which are grounded in new theories about democratic deliberation, a careful review of research and practice in the field, and several original studies. This book speaks to scholars, practitioners, and sponsors of civic engagement, public management and consultation, and deliberative and participatory democracy.

  • Focuses on new civic forums that are re-engaging citizens in democracy
  • Includes original theory and research on civic deliberation and democracy
  • Proposes creative solutions that allow disempowered citizens to participate equally in politics
  • Illuminates how civic forums can play a more powerful role in the political system

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Deliberation, democracy, and civic forums: Improving equality and publicity


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