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Kettering Review Winter 2007

The Kettering Review is a journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in the American democracy. Published by the Kettering Foundation, each issue addresses a single theme, including including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion. Contributors include a diverse group of American and international educators, historians, philosophers, and social and political scientists. The Review is edited by Robert Kingston and Noëlle McAfee.

The Winter 2007 edition celebrates “the theory and practice of public deliberation.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

At just about this time of the new year, 25 years ago, in 1982, a dozen or so citizens—who had met, a couple of times during the preceding year, in conference with David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation, at the historic Wingspread Conference Center in Wisconsin—began to talk with acquaintances from institutions and organizations in their communities, scattered across the United States, about ways to bring together fellow citizens to talk about how they, as a people, might address the problems of Social Security, jobs, and inflation.

At about that same time, in New York City, Dan Yankelovich and Keith Melville were beginning to talk with their colleagues at the Public Agenda research organization about ways in which they might prepare discussion guides on such topics that would be helpful to citizens who were neither political leaders nor experts nor policy wonks, ordinary citizens who thought it nonetheless their responsibility to determine their future as a people.

And about a year later, through a couple of snowy days in February, at the Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, those same people, and several more from other communities and other institutions that had grown interested in the idea, met, under the chairmanship of former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerry Ford, to present what they had heard of public thinking on these issues—to each other and to a group of distinguished visitors from the policy and expert communities.

In the interest of full disclosure (as journalists put it), it should be acknowledged that the present editor was a participant in all the aforementioned conversations; and that this Review was created, in fact, in that context. So when it was agreed, a year ago, that we might publish three successive issues of the Review to celebrate (as it were) 25 years of what we have come to call “deliberative politics,” or “public politics,” or “organic politics,” it seemed appropriate to close the celebratory series with reflective essays from a tiny handful of the people—representing various interests, distinctive professions, and different kinds of experience—whose own thought and work has been influenced by and influential upon the theory and practice of public deliberation over these two and a half decades.

Robert J. Kingston, Editor of the Kettering Review

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the Winter 2007 Edition

Editor’s Letter
Robert J. Kingston

Beyond National Democracy
Daniel Kemmis

Facing the Challenges of Emerging Democracies
Randa Slim

Journalism and Public Knowledge
Cole C. Campbell

The Times, Are They a’Changin’?
John Doble

Self-Interest in Deliberation
Jane Mansbridge

… afterthoughts
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/kettering-review-winter-2007/

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