Debating Deliberative Democracy

Author: James Fishkin
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405100434
Format: PDF
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Debating Deliberative Democracy explores the nature and value of deliberation, the feasibility and desirability of consensus on contentious issues, the implications of institutional complexity and cultural diversity for democratic decision making, and the significance of voting and majority rule in deliberative arrangements. Investigates the nature and value of deliberation, the feasibility and desirability of consensus on contentious issues, the implications of institutional complexity and cultural diversity for democratic decision making, and the significance of voting and majority rule in deliberative arrangements. Includes focus on institutions and makes reference to empirical work. Engages a debate that cuts across political science, philosophy, the law and other disciplines.

Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union

Author: Beate Kohler-Koch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 074257640X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The discussion about a constitution for the European Union and its rejection by referendum in two of the EU founding member states has once again spurred public and scholarly interest in the democratic quality and potential of the European Union. Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union brings together distinguished thinkers from law, political science, sociology, and political philosophy to explore the potential for democratically legitimate governance in the European Union. Drawing on different theoretical perspectives and strands from democratic theory, this volume is the best resource for students and readers who are interested in democracy in the European Union.

Le sens du politique

Author: Laurent de Briey
Publisher: Editions Mardaga
ISBN: 9782804700102
Format: PDF, Docs
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Durant ces trente dernières années, les sociétés occidentales se sont profondément libéralisées. Cette libéralisation a rendu possible de réels progrès sociaux, mais elle s'est également accompagnée d'une perte de confiance dans l'Etat, d'une instabilité financière et d'une dilution du lien social, ainsi que d'un affaiblissement de la solidarité interpersonnelle et d'un sentiment de perte de sens. Cette face sombre de la libéralisation nourrit aujourd'hui l'émergence de phénomènes réactionnaires dont témoigne la recrudescence du nationalisme, de l'intégrisme et du populisme. Vouloir poursuivre le mouvement de progrès social nécessite par conséquent de repenser le sens que doit avoir aujourd'hui le politique. La philosophie politique dominante dans les principaux partis de gauche comme de droite, le libéralisme politique, doit être dépassée au profit d'une conception différente du politique : l'humanisme démocratique. Si le libéralisme valorise la poursuite du bonheur individuel, l'humanisme démocratique incite à retrouver, tant individuellement que collectivement, ce qui constitue le sens du politique : la recherche de l'intérêt général.

Deliberative Systems

Author: John Parkinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139536974
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'Deliberative democracy' is often dismissed as a set of small-scale, academic experiments. This volume seeks to demonstrate how the deliberative ideal can work as a theory of democracy on a larger scale. It provides a new way of thinking about democratic engagement across the spectrum of political action, from towns and villages to nation states, and from local networks to transnational, even global systems. Written by a team of the world's leading deliberative theorists, Deliberative Systems explains the principles of this new approach, which seeks ways of ensuring that a division of deliberative labour in a system nonetheless meets both deliberative and democratic norms. Rather than simply elaborating the theory, the contributors examine the problems of implementation in a real world of competing norms, competing institutions and competing powerful interests. This pioneering book will inspire an exciting new phase of deliberative research, both theoretical and empirical.

Winner Take All Politics

Author: Jacob S. Hacker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416588701
Format: PDF
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Analyzes the growing divide between the incomes of the wealthy class and those of middle-income Americans, exonerating popular suspects to argue that the nation's political system promotes greed and under-representation.

Civil Passions

Author: Sharon R. Krause
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691137254
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In this book Sharon Krause argues that moral and political deliberation must incorporate passions, even as she insists on the value of impartiality. Her work provides a systematic account of how passions can generate an impartial standpoint that yields binding and compelling conclusions in politics.

Stealth Democracy

Author: John R. Hibbing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521009867
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Examining how people want their democratic government to work, this study finds that Americans don't like many of the practices associated with democracy: the conflicts, the debates, the compromises. It finds that Americans don't want to have to see democracy in practice, nor do they want to be involved in politics. If American citizens had their way, political decisions would be made by unselfish decision-makers, lessening the need for monitoring government.

Why Democracy Needs Public Goods

Author: Angela Kallhoff
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739168002
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Why Democracy Needs Public Goods provides arguments for a new theoretical perspective in favor of public goods. Kallhoff details the benefits of public goods for any democratic state: they contribute to social inclusion, help generate the public forum, and foster national identity. These arguments are supplemented by reconsidering major counter-arguments against this approach, both from political theory and from theories on public finance. Political philosophers, political theorists, and political economists will benefit most from this perspective.

The Political Classroom

Author: Diana E. Hess
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317575024
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Helping students develop their ability to deliberate political questions is an essential component of democratic education, but introducing political issues into the classroom is pedagogically challenging and raises ethical dilemmas for teachers. Diana E. Hess and Paula McAvoy argue that teachers will make better professional judgments about these issues if they aim toward creating "political classrooms," which engage students in deliberations about questions that ask, "How should we live together?" Based on the findings from a large, mixed-method study about discussions of political issues within high school classrooms, The Political Classroom presents in-depth and engaging cases of teacher practice. Paying particular attention to how political polarization and social inequality affect classroom dynamics, Hess and McAvoy promote a coherent plan for providing students with a nonpartisan political education and for improving the quality of classroom deliberations.

Nationalism and Beyond

Author: Nenad Mi??evi?
Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789639241121
Format: PDF, ePub
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"There is nothing quite like this book in the contemporary literature. It fills a salient vacuum and would make a fine contribution to a number of debates." - Philip Pettit, Professor of Social and Political Theory, Australian National University, Canberra. "The book offers high-level philosophical analysis of a topical issue, that of nationalism. The author takes a partisan, cosmopolitan position towards his subject. His main aim is to show that cultural isolationism, hostility towards the neighbors etc. . . . are logical consequences of nationalism." - János Kis, Professor of Political Philosophy, Central European University