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Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology

The Kettering Foundation’s soon-to-be-released book, Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology, brings together recent and cutting-edge political theory scholarship on deliberative democracy. Edited by Derek Barker, Noelle McAfee, and David McIvor, the collection reframes deliberative democracy to be sensitive to the deep conflicts, multiple forms of communication, and aspirations for civic agency that characterize real public deliberation. In so doing, the book addresses many of the most common challenges to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy.

Here’s what NCDD member Katherine Cramer Walsh (University of Wisconsin-Madison) says about the book:

“This book is a great resource for deliberative democracy practitioners and scholars alike.  It puts in one place seven gems from the literature on deliberative democracy and wraps them in a concise yet thorough genealogy of the concept. This book is not just theory, however. The pieces were carefully chosen to challenge all of us to contemplate the link between talk and action. Presented in this way, the volume provides inspiration and knowledge that will nourish the practice of deliberative democracy in its wide variety of forms.”

Chapters and Authors…

Foreward by David Mathews
Introduction by editors Derek W. M. Barker, Noelle McAfee, and David W. McIvor

PUBLIC REASON AND BEYOND: BROADENING CONCEPTS OF DELIBERATION

Three Models of Democratic Deliberation by Noelle McAfee
Rhetoric and Public Reasoning: An Aristotelian Understanding of Political Deliberation by Bernard Yack
Difference Democracy: The Consciousness-Raising Group Against the Gentlemen’s Club by John S. Dryzek

DELIBERATION IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: EVERYDAY TALK AND DE-CENTERED DEMOCRACY

Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System by Jane Mansbridge
De-centering Deliberative Democracy by Iris Marion Young

FROM TALK TO ACTION: DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE AND PUBLIC WORK

Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities by Elena Fagotto and Archon Fung
Constructive Politics as Public Work: Organizing the Literature by Harry C. Boyte

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/publications/democratizing-deliberation/

Ordering Info:  Call 1-800-600-4060 to order your copy of the 184-page book, or email your order and mailing address to info@ait.net.  The list price is $15.95, but there is a 20% discount in effect until October.


Note from NCDD…

Soon after Democratizing Deliberation was officially released, NCDD ran our first online book club on the book, using the NCDD blog and other communication tools to engage NCDDers in a rich discussion of the book’s contents chapter by chapter.  See www.ncdd.org/7863 for links to all the book club chapter discussions.

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