Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement

Paperback | July 1, 1999

EditorStephen Macedo

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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.

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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 fo...

Stephen Macedo is Michael O. Sawyer Professor of Constitutional Law and Politics, Syracuse University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195131991

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Stephen Macedo: IntroductionPart I: The Value of Deliberative Democracy1. Frederick Schauer: Talking as a Decision Procedure?2. Ian Shapiro: Enough Deliberation: Politics is About Interests and Power3. William A. Galston: Diversity, Toleration, and Deliberative Democracy: Religious Minorities and Public Schooling4. William H. Simon: Three Limitations of Deliberative Democracy: Identity, Politics, Bad Faith, and Indeterminacy5. Michael Walzer: Deliberation, and What Else?6. Daniel A. Bell: The Problem of Implementation and the East Asian Context7. Stanley Fish: Mutual Respect as a Device of Exclusion8. Russell Hardin: Deliberation: Method Not TheoryPart II: The Limits of Deliberative Democracy9. Cass R. Sunstein: Agreement without Theory10. Iris Marion Young: Justice, Inclusion, and Deliberative Democracy11. Jack Knight: Constitutionalsim and Deliberative Democracy12. Alan Wertheimer: Internal Disagreements: Deliberation and Abortion13. Robert P. George: Law, Democracy, and Moral Disagreement: Comparing Slavery and Abortion14. Norman Daniels: Enabling Deliberative Deliberation: How Managed Care Organizations Ought to Make Decisions about Coverage for New Technologies15. Jane Mansbridge: The Deliberative System and Everyday TalkPart III: Reply to CriticsAmy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson:

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"Each chapter [in Deliberative Politics]does indeed have something both smart and sharp to say about [Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson's Democracy and Disagreement]."--Ethics