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. It 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 opens 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)