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Recipes for Public Spheres: Eleven Institutional Design Choices and Their Consequences

For much of this century, theorists and observers of modern politics have lamented the erosion the public (Lippmann 1922; Dewey 1927), or the public sphere (Habermas 1989; 1992), and its consequences for democracy. Following these critics, the author takes the public sphere to be that region between individual citizens and their intimate associations of family, the economic sphere of market and firms, and the formal state sphere of political representation and public administration. In a healthy public sphere, citizens interact with one another to develop perspectives and opinions regarding their collective life together. Some of these opinions and criticisms address the harmful impacts of economy upon civic life, while others focus on defects of formal state activity: in law, regulation, and public policy.

Archon Fung

(2001)

Resource Link: http://www.archonfung.net/docs/pal218/Public2.pdf

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