Category Archives: deliberation

deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

Facebook54 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 54In an article published today (“Deliberation or Simulated Deliberation?” in Democracy and Education, 26, 1, Article 7), I respond to a valuable previous piece by Margaret S. Crocco and her colleagues, “Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents: Classroom Dynamics … Continue reading

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from I to we: an outline of a theory

Facebook28 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 28These are the main ideas that I’ve defended (or plan to develop) in my theoretical scholarship. They are organized from micro to macro and from ethics to politics. As always, I put this draft online to welcome … Continue reading

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Nicole Doerr, Political Translation: How Social Movement Democracies Survive

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33A century ago, Robert Michels observed what he called the “Iron Law of Oligarchy” at work in the socialist and revolutionary labor parties and movements of Europe. He argued that these groups provided “the best field of … Continue reading

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analyzing Donald Trump’s speech patterns

Facebook21 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 22Just before the 2016 presidential election, I wrote: Donald Trump’s speaking style is extraordinarily paratactic. That is, he utters declarative sentences without any of the explicit transitional words that can explain why sentences fit together. No “therefore’s,” “on … Continue reading

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watching democratic cultures decline

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Yesterday, I offered some evidence that broad public deliberation declines when authoritarianism rises. I used data Varieties of Democracy, which asks 2,800 experts questions about specific countries in specific years. For this purpose, I’ll define “authoritarianism” as … Continue reading

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authoritarianism and deliberative democracy

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29The 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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