Reflective Democracy

Paperback | February 15, 2005

byRobert E. Goodin

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Democracy used to be seen as a relatively mechanical matter of merely adding up everyone's votes in free and fair elections. That mechanistic model has many virtues, among them allowing democracy to 'track the truth', where purely factual issues are all that is at stake. Political disputesinvariably mix facts with values, however, and then it is essential to listen to what people are saying rather than merely note how they are voting. The great challenge is how to implement that deliberative ideal among millions of people at once. In this strikingly original book, Goodin offers asolution: 'democratic deliberation within'. Building on models of ordinary conversational dynamics, he suggests that people simply imagine themselves in the position of various other people they have heard or read about and ask, 'What would they say about this proposal?' Informing the democraticimaginary then becomes the key to making deliberations more reflective - more empathetic, more considered, more expansive across time and distance.Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series contains works of outstanding quality with no restriction as toapproach or subject matter.

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Democracy used to be seen as a relatively mechanical matter of merely adding up everyone's votes in free and fair elections. That mechanistic model has many virtues, among them allowing democracy to 'track the truth', where purely factual issues are all that is at stake. Political disputesinvariably mix facts with values, however, and ...

Robert E. Goodin is at Professor of Social and Political Theory and Philosophy at the Research School of Social Scienes, Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279748

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPreference Democracy2. The Autonomy of Preferences3. The Authority of PreferencesBelief Democracy4. Negotiating Beliefs5. Democracy as a Condorcet Truth-Tracker6. Democracy as a Bayesian Persuader7. Rationalizating Persisting OppositionValue Democracy8. Input Democracy9. Democratic Deliberation Within10. Representing Excluded Interests11. Representing Mute Interests12. Conclusion