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Is Devolution Democratic? Assessing Collaborative Environmental Management

This paper proposes a normative framework for evaluating the democratic merits of collaborative policymaking processes in which authority is ostensibly devolved from higher levels of government to lower levels or from the public sector to the private sector. The framework casts the democracy of devolution in terms of six criteria: inclusiveness, representativeness, procedural fairness, lawfulness, deliberativeness, and empowerment. The framework is then applied to a random sample of 76 watershed-based stakeholder partnerships in California and Washington State. (continue)

Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum

This evidence-based curriculum is intended as a tool for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR (Community-Based Participatory Research) approach to improving health. Each of the 7 units in the curriculum includes: learning objectives, in-depth content information about the topic(s) being presented, examples & interactive exercises designed to trigger discussion and help better understand the concepts being presented, and citations and suggested resources. (continue)

Virtual Agora Project

The Virtual Agora Project was a 3-year e-democracy project run by Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSiTeS) and funded generously by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The research team, led by faculty members Peter M. Shane, Peter Muhlberger and Robert Cavalier, sought to develop and test software that would enable large numbers of citizens to use the Internet more effectively to learn about, deliberate and act upon community issues. (continue)

Deliberative Democracy and Beyond: Liberals, Critics, Contestations

Dryzek begins this complex and interesting book by noting that the "final decade of the second millennium saw the theory of democracy take a strong deliberative turn" (p. 1). In this book, he argues for a particular interpretation of deliberative democracy, defends this theory of deliberative democracy against two types of criticism, and applies it to a number of important questions. As Dryzek points out, historically there has been an abiding tension between liberal and democratic theory. (continue)

Political Communication and Deliberation

Political Communication and Deliberation takes a unique approach to the field of political communication by viewing key concepts and research through the lens of deliberative democratic theory. This is the first text to argue that communication is central to democratic self-governance primarily because of its potential to facilitate public deliberation. Thus, it offers political communication instructors a new perspective on familiar topics, and it provides those teaching courses on political deliberation with their first central textbook. This text offers students practical theory and experience, teaching them skills and giving them a more direct understanding of the various subtopics in public communication. (continue)

Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?

As an outgrowth of the foundation's research in the politics of education, Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? explores how communities once acted together to create schools. The setting is frontier Alabama, yet every state has similar stories. By exposing the tightly coupled relationship between communities and their schools, Mathews finds that cooperation and civic involvement are necessary to resolve today's educational crisis. (continue)

Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

In recent years a set of radical new approaches to public policy has been developing. These approaches, drawing on discursive analysis and participatory deliberative practices, have come to challenge the dominant technocratic, empiricist models in policy analysis. The author brings together and critically examines this new work. He describes the theoretical, methodological, and political requirements and implications of the new "post-empiricist" approach to public policy. (continue)

The Jury and Democracy Project

The Jury and Democracy Project aims to understand the impact that jury service has on citizens. Too often, people think of the jury as nothing more than a means of reaching verdicts. In fact, serving on a jury can change how citizens think of themselves and their society. Our purpose is to study those changes. The project's website provides access to the people behind the project, the writings they have produced, the data they have collected, general background on the project, and other links of interest. Principal investigators of this project are Perry Dees (Director of Institutional Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology), John Gastil (Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington), and Phil Weiser (Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Colorado). (continue)

Deliberation Research Listserv

The members of this group are involved or interested in research on deliberation, especially in the analysis of the process of deliberation both face-to-face and online. Subject for discussion are theoretical issues as well as methodological issues such as data retrieval, case selection, and assessing reliability. (continue)

Broadening the Debate: The Tharaka Participatory Action Research Project

This article challenges devolution and populist approaches to biodiversity conservation and forest management by examining several of the main assumptions on which they are based. (continue)

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