Inclusion and Democracy

Paperback | April 2, 2001

byIris Marion Young

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Democratic equality entails a principle that everyone whose basic interests are affected by policies should be included in the process of making them. Yet individuals and groups often claim that decision making processes are dominated by only some of the interests and perspectives in thesociety. What are the ideals of inclusion through which such criticisms should be made, and which might guide more inclusive political practice? This book considers that question from the point of view of norms of democratic communication, processes of representation and association, and how widethe scope of political jurisdictions should be. Democratic theorists have not sufficiently attended to the ways processes of debate and decision making often marginalize individuals and groups because the norms of political discussion are biased against some forms of expression. Inclusion and Democracy broadens our understanding ofdemocratic communication by reflecting on the positive political functions of narrative, rhetorically situated appeals, and public protest. It reconstructs concepts of civil society and public sphere as enacting such plural forms of communication among debating citizens in large-scale societies. The book considers issues of the scope of the polity at two levels: global and local. The scope of a polity should extend as wide as the scope of social and economic interactions that raise issues of justice. Today this implies the need for global democratic institutions. At a more local level,processes of residential segregation and the design of municipal jurisdictions often result in the ability for actions in one locale to affect those in other locales without those making the decisions having to include some of those affected in the decision making process. Metropolitan governmentswhich preserve significant local autonomy may therefore be necessary to promote political equality.

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Democratic equality entails a principle that everyone whose basic interests are affected by policies should be included in the process of making them. Yet individuals and groups often claim that decision making processes are dominated by only some of the interests and perspectives in thesociety. What are the ideals of inclusion throug...

Iris Marion Young is a Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 2, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297556

ISBN - 13:9780198297550

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IntroductionDemocracy and JusticeInclusive Political CommunicationSocial Difference as a Political ResourceRepresentation and Social PerspectiveCivil Society and Its LimitsResidential Segregation and Regional DemocracySelf-Determination and Global Democracy

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Her agility in argument is impressive...Her footnotes alone are an excellent source of references to and comments on the recent literature in this tradition, and she offers a range of new arguments that demonstrate the continuing vitality of thought on this side. Boris DeWiel, H-Pol, November2001