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The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook is a terrific resource for democratic practitioners and theorists alike. DDHandbook-coverIt combines rich case material from many cities and types of institutional settings with careful reflection on core principles. It generates hope for a renewed democracy, tempered with critical scholarship and political realism. Most important, this handbook opened a spacious window on the innovativeness of citizens in the U.S. (and around the world) and shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement. Chapters focus on various methods such as National Issues Forums, Citizens Juries and Study Circles, as well as practice-related concerns such as adapting and combining methods, and bringing the public and government together online. The introductory chapter, entitled "A Nation That (Sometimes) Likes to Talk: A Brief History of Public Deliberation in the United States" is not to be missed. John Gastil and Peter Levine, eds. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (2005) Resource Link: www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-078797661X.html (or here on Amazon)

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