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Deliberative politics : essays on Democracy and disagreement
Macedo, Stephen, 1957-
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 289 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1520 Lexile.

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Central Library JC423 .D4344 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The banner of deliberative democracy is attracting increasing numbers of supporters, in both the world's older and newer democracies. This effort to renew democratic politics is widely seen as a reaction to the dominance of liberal constitutionalism. But many questions surround this newproject. What does deliberative democracy stand for? What difference would deliberative practices make in the real world of political conflict and public policy design? What is the relationship between deliberative politics and liberal constitutional arrangements?The 1996 publication of Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompsons Democracy and Disagreement was a signal contribution to the ongoing debate over the role of moral deliberation in democratic politics. In Deliberative Politics an all-star cast of political, legal, and moral commentators seek to criticize,extend, or provide alternatives to Gutmann and Thompson's hopeful model of democratic deliberation. The essays discuss the value and limits of moral deliberation in politics, and take up practical policy issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and health care reform. Among the impressive rosterof contributors are Norman Daniels, Stanley Fish, William A. Galston, Jane Mansbridge, Cass R. Sunstein, Michael Walzer, and Iris Marion Young, and the editor of the volume, Stephen Macedo. The book concludes with a thoughtful response from Gutmann and Thompson to their esteemed critics.This fine collection is essential reading for anyone who takes seriously the call for a more deliberative politics.

Author Notes

Stephen Macedo is at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

IntroductionStephen Macedo
Part I The Value of Deliberative Democracy
1 Talking as a Decision Procedure?Frederick Schauer
2 Enough Deliberation: Politics is About Interests and PowerIan Shapiro
3 Diversity, Toleration, and Deliberative Democracy: Religious Minorities and Public SchoolingWilliam A. Galston
4 Three Limitations of Deliberative Democracy: Identity, Politics, Bad Faith, and IndeterminacyWilliam H. Simon
5 Deliberation, and What Else?Michael Walzer
6 The Problem of Implementation and the East Asian ContextDaniel A. Bell
7 Mutual Respect as a Device of ExclusionStanley Fish
8 Deliberation: Method Not TheoryRussell Hardin
Part II The Limits of Deliberative Democracy
9 Agreement without TheoryCass R. Sunstein
10 Justice, Inclusion, and Deliberative DemocracyIris Marion Young
11 Constitutionalsim and Deliberative DemocracyJack Knight
12 Internal Disagreements: Deliberation and AbortionAlan Wertheimer
13 Law, Democracy, and Moral Disagreement: Comparing Slavery and AbortionRobert P. George
14 Enabling Deliberative Deliberation: How Managed Care Organizations Ought to Make Decisions about Coverage for New TechnologiesNorman Daniels
15 The Deliberative System and Everyday TalkJane Mansbridge
Part III Reply to Critics Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson

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