Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity.

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Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity.

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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.

ISBN

9781107046436

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Communication | Politics and Social Change | Social Influence and Political Communication | Sociology

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Read the Introduction to the book in the Communication series of Scholar Commons.

Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity.

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