Category Archives: deliberation

authoritarianism and deliberative democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Varieties of Democracy project asks 2,800 experts many questions about specific countries in specific years. One question is “When important policy changes are being considered, how wide and how independent are public deliberations?” The scale ranges … Continue reading

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how to tell if you’re doing good

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13If you have the capacity to affect other people, there seem to be three basic ways to decide what to do–and then to assess how much good you’ve done once you’ve acted. You can talk to the … Continue reading

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why the deliberative democracy framework doesn’t quite work for me

Facebook68 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 68In some ways, I came of age in the field of deliberative democracy. I had an internship at the Kettering Foundation when I was a college sophomore (when the foundation defined itself more purely in deliberative terms … Continue reading

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assessment criteria for participation in a seminar

Facebook48 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 48Thinking that I should be explicit about how I define good participation in a seminar that I’m teaching, I circulated these eight criteria: Being responsive to other students. (Responsiveness needn’t always be immediate, verbal, or occur within … Continue reading

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deliberation depends on social movements

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25Why would people deliberate? Here I’ll argue that citizens will only come together to exchange reasons if they are empowered to make decisions. In turn, it often takes a social movement to  change institutions so that any … Continue reading

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so, you want to strengthen democracy?

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15This year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference explored a set of analytical tools that may be useful if you want to improve or defend democracy: You should decide where you stand on the current crisis in American democracy (which is … Continue reading

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how to get a deliberative democracy

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34The annual Frontiers of Democracy conference ended on Saturday–and my thanks to the 150 dedicated and skillful participants. It’s billed as a gathering of people committed to various forms of democratic reform, but it tends to draw … Continue reading

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saving Habermas from the deliberative democrats

Facebook39 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 39“God save me from the Marxists”–attributed to Karl Marx Jürgen Habermas is often presented as the master theorist of deliberative democracy, the author who believes that a society should approximate an “ideal speech situation” in which “the only … Continue reading

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Habermas, Ostrom, Gandhi (II)

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15(Santa Monica, CA) On Monday, I posted an argument that three traditions of theory and practice provide what we need for a civic theory, which is a theory of what we should do. It is different from a political theory that … Continue reading

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what makes conversation go well (a network model)

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1I’m looking forward to presenting later today at NULab’s first annual conference, on the theme: “Keeping the Public Sphere Open.” I think of the “public sphere” as all the venues where people come together to share experiences, emotions, … Continue reading

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