June 6, 2012
Democratizing Deliberation, the newest Kettering Foundation Press book, is a collection of recent and cutting-edge political theory scholarship on deliberative democracy. The collection reframes deliberative democracy to be sensitive to the deep conflicts, multiple forms of communication, and aspirations for civic agency that characterize real public deliberation. In so doing, the book addresses many of the most common challenges to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy.
The book is already receiving praise for its usefulness to both researchers and practitioners. Matthew Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, writes:
"Democratizing Deliberation punctures the primary academic myths about public deliberation and begins to reconcile deliberative theory with the more vigorous, diverse, emotional reality of deliberation in practice. . . . Essays by some of the top thinkers in the field explain the democratic turn in deliberative theory, making it an immensely useful volume for researchers and practitioners alike."
Democratizing Deliberation includes a foreword by David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation, and the following essays:
• “Introduction: Democratizing Deliberation,” Derek W.M. Barker, Noëlle McAfee, and David W. McIvor
• “Three Models of Democratic Deliberation,” Noëlle McAfee
• “Rhetoric and Public Reasoning: An Aristotelian Understanding of Political Deliberation,” Bernard Yack
• “Difference Democracy: The Consciousness-Raising Group Against the Gentlemen’s Club,” John S. Dryzek
• “Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System,” Jane Mansbridge
• “De-centering Deliberative Democracy,” Iris Marion Young
• “Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities,” Elena Fagotto and Archon Fung
• “Constructive Politics as Public Work: Organizing the Literature,” Harry C. Boyte
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